There are many tools available to assist physicians in diagnosing stroke:
CT imaging gives physicians a clear, detailed view of the brain instantaneously. This allows doctors to spot a potential aneurysm or brain bleed without an invasive procedure.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Angiography
MRI offers physicians clearer, higher definition views to assist in accurate diagnoses. MRI uses radio waves and a large magnet to complete fast, clear images of soft tissue. Necessary, when looking for brain abnormalities or for tracking tumor reduction or growth within the body.
Carotid artery screenings detect plaque build-up in the carotid arteries in the neck, which is a major risk factor for stroke.
EKG and Cardiac Monitoring
EKG analyzes heart rhythm to measure electrical activity. This can help detect a wide array of heart rhythm abnormalities.
Lipid profiles measure total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, cholesterol ratio, triglycerides, and glucose levels. The lipid profile requires a 12-hour fast (follow regular medication schedules and if you have diabetes, check with your physician before fasting).
Biplane angiography uses micro-catheters during minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat vascular diseases in the brain. Catheters are inserted through the groin or neck and then guided to the area of treatment. With our new, state-of-the-art bi-plane angiography system, neurointerventional radiology procedures can be performed that would previously require surgery and an extended hospital stay. A team of specialized technologists and nurses work to assist the performing radiologist with each procedure.
Other diagnostic tools include TTE and TEE and HB A1C.
A local man survived the type of stroke that normally kills 80 percent of its victims. He’s doing so well, he just moved to Europe and is enjoying life to its fullest. It’s been three and a half years since Ken Harrawood suffered a stroke. It hit while he was driving to Y-12 for his first day of work with Bechtel. He now lives in Manchester, England.
Adam Hill gets the tools in place for the next life-saving surgery in the interventional radiology lab at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. As lead tech, Hill knows this place like the back of his hand. He never dreamed he’d be a patient receiving treatment here, suffering from a ruptured aneurysm, like so many patients he’s helped treat.
Since recovering from a stroke, Paul DeWitt appreciates simple pleasures that are easily taken for granted. He grasps a cup of coffee. He smiles and laughs. He even appreciates the ability to whistle.