Suspected stroke patients with large vessel occlusion must be quickly transferred to a comprehensive stroke center, but until now there has been no readily available, affordable, and safe way to perform brain imaging before transportation. Mobile stroke units equipped with CT scanners are not financially viable and are limited in number. CT has a low sensitivity for imaging ischemic stroke during the early hours after stroke onset.
EMTensor BrainScanner will allow paramedics to quickly scan a patient’s brain in the ambulance before transportation, within 10 minutes of arrival at the scene. A 3D image is transferred via cellular network to a neurologist or radiologist for immediate diagnosis, and early initiation of primary stroke treatment.
If a hemorrhagic stroke is diagnosed, the patient is transported to the nearest hospital or primary stroke center.
If a small ischemic stroke is diagnosed, the patient is transported to the primary stroke center and tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) is initiated.
If a large ischemic stroke is diagnosed, the patient is transported to the comprehensive stroke center with the capability of performing thrombectomy in addition to tPA.