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 accessible 24/7/365.”
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 treatment options.”
“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.”