What is the role of CT scanning in the diagnosis of transient ischemic attack (TIA)?

Updated: Dec 03, 2018
  • Author: Ashish Nanda, MD; Chief Editor: Andrew K Chang, MD, MS  more...
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Noncontrast cranial CT is widely and rapidly available and often serves as the initial imaging evaluation. It can aid in diagnosing the following:

  • A new area of ischemia or infarction

  • Old areas of ischemia

  • Intracranial mass, such as tumor

  • Intracranial bleeding, such as subdural hematoma or intracerebral hemorrhage


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