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Stroke Diagnosis

Telestroke Trims Time to Diagnosis.

In a stroke emergency time lost, is brain lost. So, experts at Kettering Health Network are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to stop stroke in its tracks. Using state-of-the-art video telecommunication integrated with electronic medical information provided from the field, experts can diagnose and begin treatment and coordinated care for stroke in patients exhibiting signs of stroke.

Types of Stroke

According to the National Stroke Association, there are two types of stroke, hemorrhagic and ischemic. The type of stroke you are having impacts the treatment approach.

Hemorrhagic strokes are less common, in fact only 15% of all strokes are hemorrhagic, but they are responsible for about 40% of all stroke deaths. A hemorrhagic stroke is either a brain aneurysm burst or a weakened blood vessel leak. Blood spills into or around the brain and creates swelling and pressure, damaging cells and tissue in the brain.

An ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying blood to the brain is blocked by a blood clot. This causes blood not to reach the brain. High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for this type of stroke. Ischemic strokes account for about 87% of all strokes.

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Once it is determined that you are having a stroke, the team will use advanced diagnostic tools to determine the type of stroke you are having, which will guide the treatment options for your best outcome.

The following tools may be used in your evaluation:

A brain computed tomography scan, or brain CT scan, is a painless test that uses x rays to take clear, detailed pictures of your brain. This test often is done right after a stroke is suspected.

A brain CT scan can show bleeding in the brain or damage to the brain cells from a stroke. The test also can show other brain conditions that may be causing your symptoms.

A CT arteriogram (CTA) and magnetic resonance arteriogram (MRA) can show the large blood vessels in the brain. These tests may give your doctor more information about the site of a blood clot and the flow of blood through your brain.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses magnets and radio waves to create pictures of the organs and structures in your body. This test can detect changes in brain tissue and damage to brain cells from a stroke.

An MRI may be used instead of, or in addition to, a CT scan to diagnose a stroke.

Source: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

Additional testing may be required to identify the clot or location of the bleeding and determine the amount of brain damage.

Our specialists are very thorough in their approach and will keep you informed of the diagnosis and options for treatment.