What Will Be Examined During an MRI “Stroke Check-Up”?
With an MRI scan, we can visualise the inside of your head and the carotid arteries with all its bony components, soft tissue and vessels by using a magnetic field. This way, our physicians can clarify the risk of brain damage and vascular disease early on – without providing any risks to your body.
MRI Stroke Check-Up
Every year, an estimated 25,000 people suffer a stroke in Austria. That is one stroke every 20 minutes! Deposits in the vessels are the most common cause. They compromise the blood supply to the brain. With an MRI of the head and all vessels supplying the brain, we can identify and treat deposits in an early stage – before they block the blood vessels and cause a stroke. Furthermore, tissue weakness in blood vessels can be detected with the help of an MRI. If left untreated, tissue weakness can cause bumps in the vessels.
The lifestyle in developed countries is marked by stress, lack of exercise, smoking, overweight, and an unbalanced diet. In recent years, doctors noticed a significant increase in diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Both are underlying diseases that can cause vascular changes and strokes. Vascular changes can be detected in an early stage with the help of an MRI. The individual risk of a stroke can be better assessed based on the results. An MRI is a painless, low-risk and radiation-free examination method. It is a reliable imaging form of diagnosis and provides a chance for timely countermeasures.
We especially advise you to get your head’s health status and blood vessels checked in an MRI if someone in your family already suffered a stroke.
An MRI of the head and carotids can provide information about possible causes of the following symptoms and risk factors:
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. Affected persons feel a dull, pressing pain throughout the head.
If you suffer from a cluster headache, the pain usually concentrates in one area of your head, usually the eyes or temples. Many people describe the pain as sharp and very intense.
Between ten and fifteen per cent of the German population suffer from migraine. Migraines are recurring headache attacks that cause dull to throbbing pain either in the whole head or only on one side. Migraines are often accompanied by sensitivity to light and sound or even nausea and dizziness.
Arteriosclerotic changes can develop in all human body arteries and eventually lead to circulatory disorders in the tissues or organs affected by them. The carotids and the head are among the most frequently affected arteries.
Rather Early Than Too Late
We love life. And we believe that medical screenings can save lives. Let us support you and your well-being – come for a preventive check-up before complaints arise.