Promising New Stroke Detection System Developed
When it comes to diagnosing a stroke, there is a medical saying, “Time is Brain.” This should convey that it is crucial to diagnose and treat a stroke as soon as possible to preserve brain function. It is crucial that stroke victims begin appropriate treatment within 3 to 4 ½ hours after the onset of a stroke to have the best chance for a good outcome.
Up to now, patients must be transported to a hospital, have a CT scan performed, have this CT scan read by a competent radiologist and then have tPA medication ordered, usually by a neurologist. Unfortunately, this all takes time and if proper staff is not available at the hospital, critical time is lost.
A report from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) states that researchers have developed a new computer program to detect strokes on CT scans with amazing accuracy. The program can detect whether the patient has an ischemic stroke (blood clot) or a hemorrhagic stroke (bleed).
The report states that the program’s accuracy is 90%, which is similar to the accuracy of medical professional but with the benefit that the computer can make a much faster determination.
Our brain injury law firm has represented many clients who have been victims of medical malpractice because their stroke symptoms were improperly diagnosed or proper treatment was not timely administered.