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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 57  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 541--549

Advanced imaging in acute stroke management-Part I: Computed tomographic

Stroke Unit, Division of Neurology, University of Alberta, Canada

Correspondence Address:
Monica Saini
Division of Neurology, University of Alberta 84-1120, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G2R4
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DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.57791

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Neuroimaging is fundamental to stroke diagnosis and management. Non-contrast computed tomography (NCCT) has been the primary imaging modality utilized for this purpose for almost four decades. Although NCCT does permit identification of intracranial hemorrhage and parenchymal ischemic changes, insights into blood vessel patency and cerebral perfusion are limited. Advances in reperfusion strategies have made identification of potentially salvageable brain tissue a more practical concern. Advances in CT technology now permit identification of acute and chronic arterial lesions, as well as cerebral blood flow deficits. This review outlines principles of advanced CT image acquisition and its utility in acute stroke management.


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