MRI of the Brain to Diagnose and Monitor Stroke
At Radiology Medical Arts (500 East 14 St. New York, NY 10009) our doctors and medical professionals are using a set of diagnostic techniques to diagnose and treat patients. Some symptoms of a stroke may include: Severe headache; Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg; Trouble speaking or understanding speech; Problems seeing in one or both eyes; Dizziness, loss of balance, and coordination
Our diagnostic techniques include; checking your vision, hearing, balance, coordination, strength and reflexes in addition to advanced imaging technologies such as: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI & MRE), by providing information on the chemical composition of the brain. We also provide Computerized Tomography Scans (CT-SCAN), to produce a 3 dimensional image to show any abnormality inside the brain.
When a person shows signs of having a stroke, time is the most critical factor for ensuring their survival and minimizing the extent of brain damage. Therefore, the speed at which a radiologist can determine which type of stroke has occurred is essential for administering the proper treatment. With speed and time as significant factors for saving a patient’s life, the standard test to assess a stroke has usually been computed tomography (CT) scans. CT scans vary in length, but they are generally very quick, and some may be completed within five minutes.2 However, In 2010 The American Academy of Neurology revealed that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans provide a better image to allow radiologists to detect ischemic stroke damage compared to CT scans
The Danger of Stroke
In the United States, stroke is the third leading cause of death and it is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Stroke causes over 140,000 people to die every year.3 A stroke occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain is interrupted by either a blocked or broken blood vessel. Cells in the brain no longer receive a constant supply of oxygenated blood and may die, causing permanent brain damage.
Examples of uncontrollable stroke risk factors include:
Age - Stroke more commonly effects the elderly. The risk of stroke doubles for every ten years of life over age 55.
Sex - Stroke occurs more often in men.
Family history - If a close relative has had a stroke it increases your odds of having one at an early age.
Examples of controllable risk factors include:
High blood pressure - Regular blood pressure check-ups and medication to treat high blood pressure can reduce this risk factor.
Smoking - Stroke is associated with the health problems caused by smoking.
Why use MRI for a Stroke?
An MRI is a medical imaging test that uses powerful radio waves and a magnet to create a highly detailed, contrasted image of the brain. This machine can detect a wide variety of brain and blood vessel abnormalities and can visualize minute differences between tissues that are unclear on other modalities such as x-ray and CT scanners. In many cases, MRI can display tissue abnormalities that are too small or located in regions of the brain that cannot be detected by CT.
If you feel unwell or have any of the following symptoms, Don’t hesitate to stop by our offices or give us a call (212) 481-33333 or book appointment online at www.14streetmedical.com and get yourself checked.
We accept all major insurances such as: Medicaid, Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna, GHI, United Healthcare, HealthFirst, MetroPlus, Fidelis, Affinity, Wellcare, and others.
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