Stroke is the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of permanent disability in the United States. However, 80% of strokes are preventable. MRI’s are extremely useful for stroke prevention by diagnosing stroke within 12 hours of a person’s first stroke symptom. MRI scans more accurately detect lesions from stroke and help identify the severity of some types of stroke.
Know Stroke Symptoms
- Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm, or leg on one side of the body
Sudden confusion, difficulty speaking , or understanding
Loss of balance or coordination
Sudden severe headache with unknown cause
Time is crucial when it comes to stroke, if you experience any of these symptoms it’s imperative that you call 9-11 right away. Make sure you record the time you experience the first symptom. This information is crucial because it informs your physician’s treatment decisions.
Stroke and MRI
MRI’s use magnets and radio waves to create pictures of the organs and structures in your body. This test can detect changes in brain tissue and damage to brain cells from a stroke. MRI can often demonstrate brain abnormalities which are too small or are located in regions of the brain that cannot be seen well by CAT scans.
If you have experienced a stroke in the past or are experiencing early stroke symptoms, Northeast Nebraska Imaging offers open MRI technology that allows radiologists to diagnose stroke. You can schedule your appointment online today!