What Happens After a Stroke
Once you're admitted to Saint Louis University Hospital, your physician will order diagnostic tests to evaluate your brain's activity, specifically the extent of your injury and how the blood supply to your brain has been affected.
During your visit, you may undergo one or more of the following tests:
A CT scan (computed Tomography) is a key imaging test of the brain. This is usually one of the first tests given to a patient with stroke. This test provides valuable information about the cause of the stroke and the location and extent of the brain injury
An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) also shows the location and extent of the injury, but has a much sharper and detailed picture. It is often used to diagnose small, more in-depth injuries.
Your brain controls how you move, feel, think and behave. Brain injury from a stroke may affect any one of these abilities. By identifying the affected area of the brain, your medical team will know what symptoms to expect and can plan your treatment accordingly.