With a stroke, time is critical. That is why Banner Health is focused on providing the most innovative care and opening new possibilities in stroke detection and treatment. Our certified team of stroke experts is prepared to provide innovative stroke care with the latest techniques and technologies. We’re prepared to act fast and provide comprehensive stroke care for you and your loved ones.
Our team uses stroke artificial intelligence (AI) technology as a rapid detection system for strokes. This cutting-edge AI technology helps detect strokes quicker and allows us to provide access to stroke care as soon as possible. The technology is a machine-learning rapid analysis of suspected large vessel occlusion (LVO) strokes, which account for one in four acute ischemic strokes. An ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke, occurs when the blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain is blocked.
This technology also allows Banner’s stroke specialists to securely communicate to synchronize care between the emergency department and neurologists. Communication between departments is crucial to determine the optimal patient treatment decision, potentially saving critical minutes, even hours.
If you suspect you or a loved one are having a stroke or are showing acute stroke symptoms, it’s important to call 911 and get to the emergency room immediately.
With the advancements in AI technology, our ER team will conduct a CT scan that will be used to determine the next steps in diagnosis and treatment. The moment the CT scan is done, the AI technology will run through the images to detect any signs of stroke. The images also go to the entire care team including the emergency department, radiology, neurologists and neurosurgeons. This allows for multiple experts to view the images versus having one doctor periodically check the results on the computer and manually call one person after another.
When it comes to stroke, every minute counts. AI technology reduces stroke notification time from an hour to under 10 minutes. Neurologists can immediately access the specialized imaging results on mobile devices and communicate with the emergency department physician in a matter of minutes. This dramatically accelerates our ability to initiate treatment and increases chances of saving cells in a timely manner. This system gives patients access to care as fast as possible and ensures less severe outcomes, such as a complete or quicker reduction in paralysis, and a patient can return to normal activities sooner.
At Banner Health, we make sure you or your loved one gets to the right doctor at the right time.