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Diagnosing Stroke

Diagnostic equipment for stroke

Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan is generally the first diagnostic test done after a patient with a suspected stroke arrives in the emergency room. It is used to quickly distinguish between an ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke. The test involves the use of low-dose x-rays to visualize the brain.

3 Tesla MRI
The 3 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system is twice as powerful and faster than the standard MRI machines typically used for patient care imaging, greatly improving the diagnostic capabilities at Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center. This state-of-the-art imaging tool can more accurately diagnose routine and hard-to-detect conditions such as heart vessel problems; stroke; aneurysms; prostate cancer; spinal cord lesions; spinal disc injuries; bone, joint and cartilage damage; renal artery problems and many others. 

Like all equipment at the Saint Elizabeth Imaging Center, the 3 Tesla MRI and all CT scanners are digital and part of their technologically advanced Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS). With PACS, physicians can view images from any of the medical center imaging equipment at remote locations, including their offices, and more than one person can view the same image at the same time for consultations.