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AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2018 Jul;39(7):1293-1295. doi: 10.3174/ajnr.A5673. Epub 2018 May 17.

Mobile Stroke Unit Reduces Time to Image Acquisition and Reporting.

Author information

1
From the Departments of Radiology (E.M.N., J.R.C.) Eric.Nyberg@ucdenver.edu.
2
From the Departments of Radiology (E.M.N., J.R.C.).
3
Neurology (R.G.K., D.V.D., B.S., W.J.J.), University of Colorado, Aurora, Colorado.

Abstract

Timely administration of thrombolytic therapy is critical to maximizing the likelihood of favorable outcomes in patients with acute ischemic stroke. Although emergency medical service activation overall improves the timeliness of acute stroke treatment, the time from emergency medical service dispatch to hospital arrival unavoidably decreases the timeliness of thrombolytic administration. Our mobile stroke unit, a new-generation ambulance with on-board CT scanning capability, reduces key imaging time metrics and facilitates in-the-field delivery of IV thrombolytic therapy.

PMID:
29773569
DOI:
10.3174/ajnr.A5673

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