KMCH launches first mobile stroke unit with advanced CT imaging

27 Mar 2017

Kovai Medical Center and Hospital (KMCH) launched the Asia’s First innovative new Mobile Stroke Unit (MSU) designed to bring time-critical stroke care to patients on the way to the hospital. This will be the world’s most comprehensive Mobile Stroke Unit that is capable of conducting and producing advanced quality imaging for stroke diagnosis and non-invasive CT-angiography.
“Our ultimate goal is to show that patients treated on the mobile stroke unit will have better outcomes because of earlier treatment and therefore will have fewer long-term acute care needs and/or rehabilitation needs” says Chairman Dr. Nalla G Palaniswami.
Mobile Stroke Units are specialized ambulances staffed with a nurse, paramedic, emergency personnel and CT technologist. The unit also contains lab testing equipment and a CT scanner, which is required to diagnose the type of stroke. A stroke physician at the main hospital evaluated each patient via telemedicine and a neuroradiologist remotely assessed CT images. Two way video conferencing allowed communication with the patient, family and stroke experts. The CT image is an important diagnostic test distinguishing a hemorrhagic (bleeding) stroke from ischemic stroke (blood clot blocking vessels and blood flow). The treatment for these types of strokes is different, and cannot be started until the CT scan is complete. (EOIC)