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  • May 2007

    Benefits of Imaging in Stroke Management

    Stroke | Harold P. Adams et al.


    Guidelines for the Early Management of Adults With Ischemic Stroke


    Harold P. Adams, Jr, MD, FAHA, Chair; Gregory del Zoppo, MD, FAHA, Vice Chair; Mark J. Alberts, MD, FAHA; Deepak L. Bhatt, MD; Lawrence Brass, MD, FAHA†; Anthony Furlan, MD, FAHA; Robert L. Grubb, MD, FAHA; Randall T. Higashida, MD, FAHA; Edward C. Jauch, MD, FAHA; Chelsea Kidwell, MD, FAHA; Patrick D. Lyden, MD; Lewis B. Morgenstern, MD, FAHA; Adnan I. Qureshi, MD, FAHA; Robert H. Rosenwasser, MD, FAHA; Phillip A. Scott, MD, FAHA; Eelco F.M. Wijdicks, MD, FAHA


    Stroke, May 2007


    A panel of members from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Stroke Council compiled this statement with a providing an overview of the current evidence about components of the evaluation and treatment of adults with acute ischemic stroke. The intended audience was physicians and other emergency healthcare providers who treat patients within the first 48 hours after stroke. The panel reviewed the relevant literature with an emphasis on reports published since 2003 and used the American Heart Association Stroke Council’s Levels of Evidence grading algorithm to rate the evidence and to make recommendations. After approval of the statement by the panel, it underwent peer review and approval by the American Heart Association.

    In this report, computed tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were stressed as essential methods of screening, deemed highly effective in diagnosing stroke, as well as in the detection of other conditions. According to researchers, “brain imaging strategies are playing an increasingly important role in the initial evaluation of patients with acute stroke.”

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