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Stroke Center

Diagnosis/Tests

Diagnostic tests used to determine the best course of treatment include:

  • Neurologic exam
  • NIH Stroke Assesment protocol  
  • Brain imaging tests - CAT scans, MRIs - to determine the type, location and extent of the stroke
  • Test that show blood flow and bleeding sites - Carotid Ultrasound, MRA Angiography of the brain and cervical arteries, Conventional Angiography
  • Blood tests for bleeding or clotting disorders
  • EKG or Echocardiogram ultrasound examination of the heart to identify potential for blood clots that could travel to the brain
  • Tests that gauge functional impairments

After tests and evaluation are complete than a course of treatment is selected.