Stroke Diagnosis


The Stroke Center
at Saint Francis

1400 Woodland St
Hartford, Connecticut 06105

A physician may order one or more of the following tests to determine if a patient has suffered a stroke. They include:

Imaging Tests

This test is used to present doctors with a clear picture of the brain. Using CT (computed tomography) scanning, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanning and MRA (Magnetic Resonance Angiography), doctors are able to pinpoint whether a stroke was caused by a blockage or by bleeding in the brain.

Electrical Tests

Doctors will use an EEG (electroencephalogram) to record electrical impulses and sensory processes of the brain.  

Blood Flow Tests

These are considered Doppler ultrasound tests that will highlight any changes in the blood flow to the brain.


This test uses a catheter inserted into the blood vessel in the groin to examine the blood vessels in the neck and brain, and can identify problems such as blood clots, aneurysms, and other blood vessel abnormalities.