1. Symptoms of stroke
  2. Imaging to confirm stroke and stroke type- should be obtained within 20 minutes of arriving to the emergency department 
    • Non-contrast computed tomography (CT) of the head 
      1. Widely available and quick to obtain 
        • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may detect ischemia in cases of a TIA or minor ischemic stroke
        • In an acute setting an MRI is time consuming and a CT is easier to obtain and can be conducted faster
      2. Differentiate between an ischemic versus hemorrhagic stroke 
        • CT may not detect a small/minor stroke
        • A normal CT result/reading in the setting of a minor stroke does not include nor exclude ischemia