Brain scans provide physicians with the ability to look into the human body to determine the nature and location of medical conditions such as strokes. If you have recently suffered a transient ischemic attack (TIA), or non-disabling stroke, you may be worried about the risk of future problems. Fortunately, according to a new study, CT scans can potentially help predict the risk of stroke within 90 days of experiencing a TIA.

Educated Findings

Brain scans are one way to access the risk of a stroke.The study, conducted by a research team led by Dr. Jeffrey Perry at the University of Ottawa in Canada, evaluated over 2,000 patients who were given a CT scan within the 24-hour period following their TIA. A TIA occurs when blood supply is blocked from the brain, with symptoms lasting just a few minutes.

When the scans were evaluated, doctors found that 40% of the subjects’ brains were damaged as a result of blood supply blockage. Of these patients, 25% suffered a second stroke within 90 days of their TIA. Comparing this percentage to the 3.4% of patients who were scanned but showed no signs of brain damage proves that scans are a valuable tool.

Making Strides for Your Health

This study shows the importance of using CT scans even when conditions appear to be minor and symptoms aren’t present. At IGEA Brain & Spine, we understand that our quick action in treating your stroke is pivotal in helping prevent any future problems.

If you or a loved one has suffered a stroke, don’t hesitate to seek our help. Our highly experienced neurosurgeons in New Jersey can provide you with our IV tPA treatment if you’re eligible for a highly-advanced balloon angioplasty and stent procedure.

Your well-being is our top priority. Feel free to contact us for more information about your stroke.