Diffusion-Weighted MRI as a Screening Tool of Stroke in the ED


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Abstract

This report describes a novel imaging technology for the evaluation of stroke patients. Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging can visualize hyperacute ischemic stroke which cannot be seen on computed tomography; moreover, it only takes few minutes to scan. We believe that diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging, rather than routine computed tomography, should be considered when the emergency physician evaluates a patient with acute ischemic stroke. (Am J Emerg Med 2002;20:327-331. Copyright 2002, Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved.)

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