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What types of tests are used to diagnose stroke?

The best tool to diagnose a stroke is a brain MRI. A head CT scan usually shows a stroke that has been there for at least 12 hours. Additional tests, such as ultrasound of the carotid arteries or heart and an echocardiogram, may help assess underlying causes.

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When is a carotid ultrasound used to assess stroke risk?
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The ultrasound scan of the carotid arteries is usually used when the doctor hears a bruit (an abnorm...
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What laboratory tests are used for stroke diagnosis?
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In stroke diagnosis, you will need blood and urine tests to rule out conditions that sometimes produ...
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How do doctors use MRIs and CT scans to diagnose a stroke?
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Oftentimes, doctors can diagnose a hemorrhagic stroke after observing a person's symptoms and by...
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What should I expect during a neurological examination for stroke?
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The gold standard for neurological examination for stroke is called the NIH scale.
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