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Stroke Diagnosis

Knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke is vital to beating a stroke. It is a responsibility shared by everyone. The quicker you react, the quicker a stroke can be stopped and the less damage it causes. Stroke usually occurs as a sudden change in condition and should always be considered a major medical emergency. Act FAST and call 911 at any sign of a stroke.

Common signs and symptoms are:
  • Weakness, numbness or paralysis of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Difficulty walking, loss of balance or coordination
  • Problem with speaking, slurred speech, or inability to understand simple statements
  • Sudden severe headache, usually described as the worst headache of your life
  • Sudden change in vision, blurry, double, dimming or visual loss

IF YOU EXPERIENCE OR WITNESS THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY!

A stroke is a serious medical emergency and the diagnosis and prompt treatment of a stroke is the priority at Kettering Health Network. Understanding the importance of immediate evaluation to decrease the chance of disability and increase the chance for improved function, we are committed to providing timely triage, accurate diagnosis using advanced technology, and the neurological expertise of our stroke team.

To determine the type and location of a stroke, a Neuroscience specialist completes a neurological assessment and evaluation, along with specialized neuro imaging.

Specialized neuro imaging may include:
  • CT scan creates images of the brain using radiation and computer technology. Sequential "slices" of the CT scan can demonstrate irregular activity in the brain such as stroke, hemorrhage, tumor, or infection.
  • CT Angiography (CTA) is a CT scan that creates specialized images of blood vessels in the brain.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive method of looking at your body's internal structures without using radiation and can give your physician important information that other tests cannot.

    Advanced MRI scans available at Kettering Medical Center include:
    • Perfusion/Diffusion
    • Specialized 3-D MRI/MR Angiography is the most cutting-edge version of MRI. It features quicker scans, more detail, better contrast, and a host of physiological information including blood flow in and out of brain tumors and other brain abnormalities.
    • MRA/MRV allows visualization of blood vessels leading to the area of stroke without performing an arteriogram or venogram