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How can computerized tomography (CT) help with the diagnosis of stroke?

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Your doctor takes several X-rays from different angles and puts them together to show if there's any bleeding in your brain or damage to brain cells. They may put dye in your vein first to look for an aneurysm, a thin or weak spot on an artery.

SOURCES:

National Stroke Association: "What is Stroke?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How is a Stroke Treated?" "How is a Stroke Diagnosed?"

CDC: "Stroke Signs and Symptoms."

American Stroke Association: "TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack)," "Let's Talk About Stroke Diagnosis," "Ischemic Strokes (Clots)," "Hemorrhagic Strokes (Bleeds)," "Quick Stroke Treatment for Saving the Brain," "Blood Pressure and Stroke."

National Institutes of Health: "NIH Stroke Scale."

National Institute on Aging: "About Stroke."

Mayo Clinic: "Stroke."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 14, 2018

SOURCES:

National Stroke Association: "What is Stroke?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How is a Stroke Treated?" "How is a Stroke Diagnosed?"

CDC: "Stroke Signs and Symptoms."

American Stroke Association: "TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack)," "Let's Talk About Stroke Diagnosis," "Ischemic Strokes (Clots)," "Hemorrhagic Strokes (Bleeds)," "Quick Stroke Treatment for Saving the Brain," "Blood Pressure and Stroke."

National Institutes of Health: "NIH Stroke Scale."

National Institute on Aging: "About Stroke."

Mayo Clinic: "Stroke."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on March 14, 2018

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