Aquilion ONE CT Scanner
Lutheran Hospital offers the latest technologies for stroke diagnosis. One of Lutheran's most advanced diagnostic tools is the Aquilion ONE, the latest in computed tomography technology. The Aquilion ONE images the entire brain and shows real-time brain function with greater detail in less time than conventional MR and CT imaging systems. This means quicker diagnosis and treatment and better outcomes for stroke patients.
Lutheran's radiology department also offers carotid ultrasonography, CT, diagnostic, interventional and MR angiography, MRI and transcranial Doppler studies for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke.
NIH Stroke Scale
Lutheran Hospital utilizes The National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale, a systematic assessment tool that provides a quantitative measure of stroke-related neurologic deficit. The scale is used to evaluate patient acuity, document neurological status in acute stroke patients, measure stroke severity, determine appropriate treatments and predict outcomes.
The NIHSS 15-item scale evaluates the effect of acute cerebral infarction on the levels of consciousness, language, neglect, visual-field loss, extraocular movement, motor strength, ataxia, dysarthria and sensory loss. A trained observer rates patients' ability to answer questions and perform activities is an assessment that takes less than 10 minutes to complete.