Utilization of Emergent Magnetic Resonance Imaging in the Diagnosis of Acute Ischemic Stroke

Victoria May, Jenni Knittig, Karen Gabel Speroni, Malik Adil

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Utilizing an emergent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) pathway for emergency department patients with acute onset of stroke-like symptoms allows for optimization of acute ischemic stroke treatment. Emergent MRI increases the percentage of patients administered intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (IV tPA) and minimizes stroke-related long-term disabilities. MRI also reduces the overall cost of stroke-related care by (1) preventing unnecessary IV tPA administration and its associated hospital costs and (2) facilitating faster stroke etiology work-up and treatment plan initiation to reduce hospital length of stay. The primary purpose of this article is to summarize two hospitals’ experience utilizing an evidence-based emergent MRI pathway for patients presenting to the emergency department with stroke-like symptoms who may be IV tPA eligible. Secondary purposes are to describe (1) emergent MRI pathway challenges with implemented mitigation strategies and (2) case examples (wake-up stroke; mild stroke-like symptoms with acute ischemic stroke confirmed by MRI).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)152-158
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Radiology Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2022


  • Acute ischemic stroke
  • Cost of care
  • MRI
  • NCCT
  • Radiology nursing
  • tPA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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