Construction crews hoisted a 9-ton MRI machine into University Hospital on Tuesday, which researchers will use to push boundaries in the treatment of stroke patients.
The machine, an MRI on ceiling-mounted rails, will be housed in a three-room clinical suite. It will help neurosurgeons better spot healthy versus damaged tissue in the brains of patients before, during or immediately after a stoke, potentially allowing them to treat patients currently considered untreatable, said Edwin 'Steve' Stevens, chairman of the U.'s Department of Radiology.
Stroke outcomes have markedly improved in recent years, partly due to non-surgical treatments for dissolving and removing blood clots from the brain. But there's a short window of time for attempting these therapies: within three to six hours of the stroke, depending on the type of treatment, said Stevens.