The role of CT and MRI in the emergency evaluation of persons with suspected stroke

Chelsea S Kidwell, Max Wintermark
Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports 2010, 10 (1): 21-8
As a growing number of therapeutic treatment options for acute stroke are being introduced, multimodal acute neuroimaging is assuming a growing role in the initial evaluation and management of patients. Multimodal neuroimaging, using either a CT or MRI approach, can identify the type, location, and severity of the lesion (ischemia or hemorrhage); the status of the cerebral vasculature; the status of cerebral perfusion; and the existence and extent of the ischemic penumbra. Both acute and long-term treatment decisions for stroke patients can then be optimally guided by this information.

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