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Game changing is the term neuro-interventionalist Mark Murray, MD, of CHPG Neuroscience and Spine uses to describe St. Anthony Hospital’s new iSchemaView RAPID technology. The new medical imaging software—the first such system in Colorado--augments existing CT perfusion studies and MRIs to deliver
visual confirmation that interventions are available to save brain tissue.
“We have been so beholden to a time ‘window’ following stroke in which to intervene,” Dr. Murray states. “But we’ve also known there were likely patients we could have helped significantly, if we could have seen the tissue image real-time. This technology gives us the
qualitative information to open up that time frame.”
Moreover, the technology makes it possible to alert all members of the St. Anthony Hospital stroke team immediately, relaying images of the patient’s brain to their smart phones. “This shifts our ‘speed to decision’ to less than two minutes,” Dr. Murray notes, “and it’s
Another benefit of RAPID, according to Dr. Murray, is that it makes communication with family members much easier. “We can now show images to family members that clearly illustrate what part of the brain has been damaged and what part is at risk, which helps them better understand their loved one’s condition and
“This is an extremely valuable tool for our stroke team members and a huge asset for our patients,” said Richard Smith, MD, Medical Director of Neurosciences for the Mountains and North Denver Operating Group of Centura Health. “St. Anthony Hospital is a Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive
Stroke Center. Our professional, highly trained staff and state-of-the-art infrastructure that now includes RAPID, coupled with our certified and vetted procedures. allow our stroke team to treat patients, no matter how complex, with the best care available in Colorado.”
In recent years, care for stroke, especially ischemic stroke (caused by a blocked artery), has evolved from supportive care to interventional treatments. In the Stroke and Neurovascular Program, neuro-interventional specialists use non-invasive interventional techniques to treat brain aneurysms, open blocked arteries in the brain and remove clots in brain arteries. These procedures are aimed at limiting and possibly reversing stroke injury and preventing recurrent stroke.
After a stroke, the stroke team at St. Anthony Hospital follows The Joint Commission clinical performance measures to prevent another stroke. In some cases the following interventions may be utilized. Learn more about recurrent stroke prevention.
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