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Tests & Treatments

The following tests and treatments are some of the most common tests and treatments offered by specialists in this area. These specialists offer many other advanced tests and treatments for a wide range of medical problems. Please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) if you have questions about specific tests or treatments not listed here.

  • Angiogram

    Angiogram is an X-ray exam of the blood vessels to diagnose blockages, narrowing or other blood vessel problems. Also referred to as angiography, this procedure uses a special dye (or contrast agent) to make the blood vessels visible.
  • Carotid Endarterectomy

    Carotid endarterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove plaque build-up from the carotid artery in the neck, improving or restoring the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the brain. It can help lower the risk of stroke in people with carotid artery disease. Once the plaque has been removed, a stent (a wire mesh tube) may then be placed inside the artery to reduce the risk of re-narrowing.  
  • Carotid Ultrasound

    Carotid ultrasound is a noninvasive test that uses sound waves to measure blood flow in a person’s carotid artery. Doctors use this test to determine how much plaque a person’s carotid artery has and whether it is blocked or narrowed. These measures can help determine a person’s risk for a recurrent or future stroke or TIA.
  • CT Scan

    CT scan (or computed tomography scan) is an imaging procedure that uses a combination of X-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images (often called slices) of the body. A CT scan shows detailed images of any part of the body, including bone, muscle and organs.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of large magnets, radiofrequencies and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body.
  • Physical Therapy

    Physical therapy can help people regain function, independence and quality of life after a stroke, injury or surgical procedure. It can also help people who are experiencing chronic pain or disability.
  • Speech Therapy

    Speech therapy is a treatment for people who have trouble speaking or swallowing normally because of disease, deformity or disability. Speech-language pathologists offer speech therapy to children and adults with dysphagia, autism, cleft palate and a variety of neurological disorders, among other conditions.
  • Stent Placement

    Stent placement is often done as part of an angioplasty procedure to widen and restore blood flow through blood vessels that have become narrowed, as well as to reduce the risk of brain and abdominal aortic aneurysms rupturing. A stent (a metal mesh or fabric tube) is used to prevent re-narrowing or reinforce a weak area in a blood vessel. After coil embolization to seal off a wide-necked aneurysm, a stent may be needed to create a barrier that keeps the coil in place.  
  • Thrombolysis

    Thrombolysis, also known as thrombolytic therapy, is when fast-acting drugs (such as tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA) are given to break up or dissolve major, potentially life-threatening blood clots. Thrombolytic medications are used as an immediate treatment for ischemic stroke or heart attack, as well as to treat deep vein thrombosis in the leg.
  • Tissue Plasminogen Activator (tPA)

    Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is a medicine that can be used by doctors to break up blood clots in the arteries of the brain during a stroke. This medicine must be used within 4.5 hours of the start of stroke symptoms to be effective.
  • Transcranial Doppler

    Transcranial Doppler is a noninvasive test that uses sound waves to measure the amount of blood flow in the arteries of the brain. The test is often used by doctors to diagnose and provide care for an ischemic stroke or subarachnoid hemorrhage.