How do doctors use MRIs and CT scans to diagnose a stroke?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Oftentimes, doctors can diagnose a hemorrhagic stroke after observing a person's symptoms and by performing a physical exam. However, an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or CT scan (computerized tomography) can help doctors determine the area of the brain affected as well as the extent of the damage. Both tests enable doctors to view the brain in detail to determine the best course of treatment.

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