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Radiographers are a vital part of the specialist stroke care team. Patients with acute brain attack require rapid access to high quality and appropriate imaging in order to diagnose the type of stroke1,2 and to allow for early intervention, such as thrombolysis, which has been shown to significantly improve patient outcome if administered within three hours.3

Patients who suffer a Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) have been shown to be at high risk of suffering an ischaemic stroke and may also require urgent imaging after appropriate assessment in order to ensure reduced morbidity. These patients also require follow up imaging, either by Computed Tomography (CT) or Magnetic Resonance (MR) in order to assess the efficacy of, and/or options for, further treatment. Further developments in treatment options for TIA (particularly carotid endarterectomy) mean that radiographers may also be involved in the provision of carotid Doppler Imaging.


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