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Expanded CT protocol spots stroke’s origin, changes treatment

Mon, 11/22/2010 - 4:35pm
Diagnostic Imaging

CT protocols for ischemic stroke can be expanded to cover the heart as well as the head and neck, obviating other imaging tests that may be necessary to pinpoint the source of the stroke, a new study finds.

A new study recommends using CT to pinpoint the cause of ischemic stroke as a way to improve treatment for patients. The research followed up an MR diagnosis with CT to pinpoint the stroke’s origin. The recommendations are in line with those of the American Academy of Neurology, which recommends the use of MR to diagnose stroke.

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