Cutting-edge technology is speeding up care for stroke patients in West Norfolk.
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn is using new software called Brainomax which means scans of the brain can be sent to an app which helps identify if they need immediate medical attention.
Staff can see scans quickly even accessing them on mobile devices which means they can help make sure they get care in the right place fast.
The Trust began using the technology at the end of July and in the first two months of use 40 patients have benefitted from faster results, with a total of 85 scan results being sent via the app.
Dr Leslie Mtariswa, Clinical Director for Stroke Medicine, at QEH said: “We are thrilled to have artificial intelligence here at QEH in the form of the Brainomix technology app. This software is capable of producing enhanced brain imaging that enables stroke physicians to make quick and accurate clinical diagnosis and decisions.
“It is a great achievement to be amongst pioneers in a league of Trusts offering this treatment aided by Brainomix to our patients.”
Jodie Tillett, Lead Stroke Nurse, at the hospital said; “When someone has a stroke, it is so important that they seek medical attention immediately. What is equally as important is that they then receive the most appropriate treatment in a timely way. Artificial intelligence is an assistive tool that enables the clinician to assess the location and severity of changes in the brain, make a quicker diagnosis and support decision making for time critical treatments in acute stroke. This is a very exciting development for the Stroke service in Kings Lynn, and one that will have a positive impact on patient outcomes”