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New technology offers “RAPID” stroke assessment tool

Date: 10/29/2019

Bangor, Maine (October 29, 2019) —The speed of treatment from stroke can make a vast difference whether patients see a full recovery. To reduce the risk of permanent disability or brain damage, they need help rapidly. On October 15, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center launched new automated brain imaging software, RAPID, that improves the speed of timely assessments for patients having an acute stroke.
 
RAPID is the most advanced and only automated brain imaging software platform for stroke patients approved by the FDA. This artificial intelligence software allows imaging experts to process neuroimaging almost instantaneously, allowing doctors to quickly visualize reductions of blood flow to the brain and early signs of blood clots and possible brain injury.
 
This innovative tool is used in conjunction with Siemens CT perfusion software, which indicates the rate blood is being delivered to tissue. Within minutes of a CT, the RAPID platform provides viewing, processing, and analysis of brain images creating data-process maps. These key images and data sets are sent directly to the Stroke Team and neuroendovascular surgeons for quick diagnosis and treatment. The technology enhances the team’s ability to offer the right treatment in a short period of time.
 
“After this assessment, our Stroke Team can swiftly usher the patient into surgery to remove the blood clot and restore blood flow quickly to the brain, thereby decreasing the possibility of life-altering affects from stroke,” says Gillian Gordon-Perue, MD, medical director, Northern Light Stroke Care. “When minutes count, the RAPID tool will result in better outcomes for our acute stroke patients.”
 
Minutes always count during a stroke. As Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center recognizes World Stroke Day on Tuesday, October 29, community members are reminded to look for these signs, if they suspect a stroke is happening. Think FAST to save a life: Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 911.