Diagnostic Tests for Stroke


Diagnostic Test list for Stroke: The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Stroke includes:

Tests and diagnosis discussion for Stroke: Stroke is diagnosed through several techniques: a short neurological examination, blood tests, CT scans, MRI scans, Doppler ultrasound, and arteriography. 1

Before a stroke can be treated, diagnostic tests must be performed. Health care providers must find out what kind of stroke it is to treat it correctly. A person thought to be having a stroke may have a neurological exam, blood tests and an electrocardiogram.

Other kinds of tests used in diagnosing stroke include:

Imaging tests that give a picture of the brain. These include CT (computed tomography) scanning, sometimes called CAT scans, and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanning. CT scans are particularly useful for determining if a stroke is caused by a blockage or by bleeding in the brain.

Electrical tests such as EEG (electroencephalogram) and an evoked response test to record the electrical impulses and sensory processes of the brain.

Blood flow tests, such as Doppler ultrasound tests, to show any changes in the blood flow to the brain. 2

Doctors make an early diagnosis by studying symptoms, reviewing the patient's medical history, and performing tests such as a computerized tomography (CT) scan-a 3-dimensional x-ray of the brain.3

Diagnosis of Stroke: medical news summaries: The following medical news items are relevant to diagnosis of Stroke:

1. excerpt from NINDS Stroke Information Page: NINDS
2. excerpt from Stroke: NWHIC
3. excerpt from Stroke Prevention and Treatment - Age Page - Health Information: NIA

Last revision: June 18, 2003

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