Simple Test For Stroke Better Than MRI

According to Dr. David E. Newman-Toker of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a simple, one-minute eye movement exam worked better than magnetic resonance imaging to distinguish new strokes.

People experiencing a stroke have eye-movement alterations that correlate with stroke-damage to various brain areas — and these are distinct from eye-movement alterations seen with ear diseases.

The findings, published in the journal Stroke, found the quick, extremely low-cost exam caught more strokes than MRI.