The release of a new app can help clinicians efficiently determine whether a patient would benefit from a thrombectomy. As a result, patients can quickly get the care they need.
A thrombectomy is a life-saving procedure that removes a blood clot from inside an artery or vein. Experts typically perform this procedure in emergency situations, such as during an ischemic stroke. However, it can have potentially fatal consequences if not performed swiftly and appropriately. Proper early detection of patients needing a thrombectomy is key. Therefore, the addition of technology that can help in such circumstances is critical.
How technology is evolving to determine eligibility for a thrombectomy
The Alberta Stroke Program Early CT Score (ASPECT) is a tool currently used by clinicians in determining whether a patient is eligible for a thrombectomy. Although ASPECT is a helpful tool, it requires the expertise of a highly experienced neuroradiologist or stroke neurologist. These experts take advanced courses in its interpretation.
RAPID ASPECTS is the newest product to be launched by iSchemaView, the American company that developed RAPID. RAPID is a neuroimaging platform currently used in many stroke centers. It provides clinicians with real-time viewing and analysis abilities for brain perfusion scans like CT and MRI. RAPID ASPECTS builds on this technology. It receives data from standard CT scanners and uses algorithms to identify the ASPECTS regions. Consequently, this provides a more standardized and automated ASPECTS score. Historically, fair to moderate inter-rater agreement limited the consistency of this score.
The launch of RAPID ASPECTS in May 2018 at the European Stroke Organization conference is an exciting chance for the stroke community to combine strong clinical knowledge with exciting new apps and artificial intelligence for the benefit of the patient.