Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Stroke Health Center

Font Size

New Super-Sensitive MRI Gives Clearer Picture of Stroke in Action

continued...

Gottfried Schlaug, MD, a staff neurologist at Beth Israel Hospital and instructor at Harvard Medical School, says DWI can also be used in conjunction with traditional MRI to estimate how much brain tissue can be salvaged.

He says he analyzed scans from 34 patients who had a stroke and found that by superimposing two MRIs and a DWI, one on top of another, "we can see how a stroke has enlarged. The mismatched area between the two initial MRIs and the last scan, the DWI, shows the area of tissue that may be salvaged." He says it may someday be possible to "tailor treatment for individual stroke patients using this technique."

 

1|2

Today on WebMD

Understanding Stroke
SLIDESHOW
Lowering Blood Pressure Slideshow
SLIDESHOW
 
most common stroke symptoms
ARTICLE
Stroke Recovery
ARTICLE
 

brain scans
Quiz
woman with migraine
Article
 
brain scan
Article
quit smoking tips
Slideshow
 

Heart Foods Slideshow
SLIDESHOW
Soy For High BP
VIDEO
 
BP Medicine
VIDEO
Lowering Cholesterol Slideshow
SLIDESHOW
 

WebMD Special Sections