Meeting growing demands

Adding a second neurovascular interventional suite will help meet growing demands for stroke care at the University of Alberta Hospital.

For some stroke patients, clot-busting medication (tPA) is not enough. That's why clot retrieval procedures have become a critical component of acute stroke treatment. Having two advanced Neurovascular Interventional (NVI) suites enables doctors to provide more of this life-saving stroke care.

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Advanced technology guides clot-removal procedure

The most important technology in neurovascular interventional suites is the biplane angiography system. This system produces highly detailed 3D views of blood vessels leading to, and deep within, the brain. With these images, interventional neuroradiologists can safely navigate the vessels of the brain with a microcatheter to remove blood clots that will not respond to clot-busting medication. Blood flow is restored within minutes.The most severe strokes, the ones with a success rate of 5-15% with clot-busting drugs, occur in the largest arteries.

Connecting with Stroke Ambulance

The Stroke Ambulance will bring patients to the University of Alberta Hospital. CT images taken inside the ambulance will provide neurologists with the information they need to determine the type of stroke before the patient even arrives at the hospital. If required, the patient will be sent for a CT angiogram, a specialized CT scan to determine whether there’s a blood clot in one of the larger artieries in the brain causing the stroke.

 

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