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Evaluation of arterial ischemic stroke usually begins in the emergency room. Stroke specialists will conduct a rapid physical examination and the care team will work to quickly confirm and locate the cause of the stroke—a blood clot or abnormality in a brain artery—through imaging tests. These can include:
All these tests are painless and noninvasive, although some might require placement of an intravenous (IV) line to deliver agents needed for certain types of imaging. Since MRI requires a child to hold still inside a scanner, very young children may need sedation. CT scans use ionizing radiation, so Boston Children’s has changed its protocols to keep doses as low as possible.
In addition to imaging, the care team may collect blood samples to look for a medical condition that may increase risk for blood clotting. At Boston Children’s, detailed blood testing is sometimes offered through our Thrombosis and Anticoagulation Program and our Stroke and Cerebrovascular Center.
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