“For victims of ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke, timing is critical. Minutes matter. Typically, we aim to perform a so-called neurothrombectomy, which dissolves the clot in the patient’s brain, no more than about six hours after the onset of symptoms. This new system makes the process much faster and more accurate, saving lives,” said Dr. Khalil Zahra, director of neurointerventional surgery at the hospital’s neurological institute.
In a traditional stroke intervention, the patient begins with a CT scan, and surgeons review the imaging manually before surgery to dissolve the clot. ARTIS Icono transforms this process by using artificial intelligence to deliver unparalleled image quality and reconstruction in real time. Surgeons can skip the CT scan and start treatment immediately. This saves valuable time, improves surgeon visibility and exposes the patient to less harmful radiation.
“According to the WHO, one in four people are at risk of having a stroke in their lifetime. In the UAE, around 25% of adults in the UAE have hypertension, which increases the risk of stroke in our population. Here, stroke is the leading cause of disability and the third leading cause of death. It has never been more important , that the most innovative technology available for patient care. This highly advanced system will ultimately help us provide stroke victims with the best care in the world and the best possible chance of recovery,” said Dr. Zahra.
The ARTIS Icono is one of many technological innovations that CCAD, recently rated the region’s best smart hospital by Newsweek, is using to bring patient care into the future.
The new system will be housed in the Neurovascular Institute’s Neurovascular Medicine Program and Stroke Center, which offers a full range of the latest diagnostic and treatment options for patients with stroke and other cerebrovascular disorders.
In honor of World Stroke Day on October 29, CCAD is also encouraging the community to learn the signs of a stroke using the acronym FAST – because minutes can save lives: drooping face, weakness in arms, difficulty speaking, time to call 911.