New tech at Stamford Health helps diagnose stroke patients

March 7, 2019 GMT

Stamford Health is the first health care facility in Fairfield County to utilize technology that can determine if a stroke victim is in need of a time-sensitive procedure to ensure a healthy recovery.

When a patient suffers from stroke symptoms, physicians have to decide whether the patient is eligible for a thrombectomy, a life-saving procedure that removes blood clots from the brain that are the cause of an ischemic stroke.

The minimally-invasive procedure has existed in the United States for about a decade, but a new technology offered at Stamford Health immediately provides physicians with information to more quickly decide if it is needed.


The faster a patient is diagnosed and treated, the more likely they will return to normal.

“We’ve incorporated artificial intelligence (AI) software that allows us to determine which patients will benefit from a thrombectomy,” said Dr. Todd Miller, chief of NeuroInterventional Services at Stamford Health. “We are proud to offer this technology, as it helps us provide successful outcomes and the highest quality care for our patients who suffer from an ischemic stroke.”

The technology essentially provides a scan of the brain that results in a detailed picture of blood flow to the brain. Patients with a large vessel blockage and a robust number of helping vessels, or collaterals, are most likely to benefit from a thrombectomy.

Stroke is the second-leading cause of death among adults in the world, and about 87 percent of strokes are ischemic. A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted and the ability to recover depends on how quickly a patient receives medical attention.

For more information about Stamford Health’s interventional thrombectomy program, visit stamfordhealth.org/care-treatment/stroke.