Imaging of acute cerebral ischemia

Norman J. Beauchamp, Peter B. Barker, Paul Y. Wang, Peter C.M. VanZijl

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Until recently, there was no efficacious treatment for acute cerebral ischemia. As a result, the role of neuroimaging and the radiologist was peripheral in the diagnosis and management of this disease. The demonstration of efficacy using thrombolysis has redefined this role, with the success of intervention becoming increasingly dependent on timely imaging and accurate interpretation. The potential benefits of intervention have only begun to be realized. In this State-of-the-Art review of imaging of acute stroke, the role of imaging in the current and future management of stroke is presented. The role of computed tomography is emphasized in that it is currently the most utilized technique, and its value has been demonstrated in prospective clinical trials. Magnetic resonance techniques are equally emphasized in that they have the potential to provide a single modality evaluation of tissue viability and vessel patency in an increasingly rapid evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-324
Number of pages18
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1999


  • Brain, infarction
  • Brain, ischemia
  • Cerebral blood vessels, CT
  • Cerebral blood vessels, MR
  • Cerebral blood vessels, flow dynamics
  • State-of-art reviews

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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