Upon arrival to the Emergency Department (ED), suspected stroke patients are immediately transported to the Radiology Department for a CT scan of the head, and the results are obtained from the radiologist within minutes of completion.
A CT scan is a non-invasive test that combines x-rays and computer scans. A computer combines the images to create views that more easily diagnose problems like stroke as well as other diseases and disorders.
While the patient is still in the ED, the emergency physician will make contact with a neurologist, neurosurgeon or a vascular surgeon based upon the results of the patient’s CT scan. Stroke care decisions are made within 45 minutes of arrival based upon the CT scan, lab results and patient’s overall condition.