What are the AAN recommendations for imaging studies in the workup of ischemic stroke?

Updated: May 27, 2020
  • Author: Edward C Jauch, MD, MS, FAHA, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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An evidence-based guideline from the American Academy of Neurology advises that DWI is more useful than noncontrast CT scanning for the diagnosis of acute ischemic stroke within 12 hours of symptom onset and should be performed for the most accurate diagnosis of acute ischemic stroke (level A). No recommendations were made regarding the use of perfusion-weighted imaging (PWI) in diagnosing acute ischemic stroke, as evidence to support or refute its value in this setting is insufficient. [70]


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