Time is brain. By calling 911 immediately for emergency transportation to WakeMed, or the closest hospital that offers acute stroke treatment, you can improve the chances for a stroke victim to preserve as much normal brain as possible. This can improve recovery in most cases and can save some lives.
At WakeMed, a dedicated Stroke Team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, radiologists, interventional cardiologists, emergency medicine physicians, nurses and therapists work together to provide advanced, timely stroke diagnosis.
Computed tomography (CT) imaging is used to quickly identify or rule out bleeding in the brain. MRI offers precise diagnosis but takes much longer than CT and presents some logistical obstacles that can be cumbersome in the setting of acute stroke, where every minute counts.
Learn about what to expect from a cranial CT scan.