There are many tools available to assist physicians in diagnosing stroke:
A 64-slice VCT scanner, the first of its kind in Knoxville, 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
Fort Sanders’ 3-Tesla MRI offers physicians clearer, higher definition views to assist in accurate diagnoses. The 3-T MRI uses radio waves and a larger magnet to complete faster, clearer images of soft tissue. That’s important 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 in detecting 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.