Be ahead of your time

When stroke strikes, think F.A.S.T.

Timely stroke treatment is crucial for every patient.

We are committed to a product portfolio that helps you diagnose and treat stroke patients, save time, and potentially increase quality of life for those affected by stroke.

In this NeuroNews article, learn how your peers were able to shorten door-to-perfusion time with the angio-only one-stop-shop for acute stroke patients to improve patient outcomes. 


As mechanical thrombectomies continue to rise, whole communities are working around the clock to establish endovascular-capable centers to optimize stroke systems of care. In this NeuroNews educational supplement, Dr. Marios-Nikos Psychogios and Dr. René Chapot discuss their approach to speeding up stoke care and show us how Siemens Healthineers is allowing them success in the angio-only approach. 

<p>Ryan McTaggart, MD</p>

Burden of stroke

Stroke awareness is more important than ever – anyone at any age can experience a stroke. Watch this video to learn the warning signs so you can act F.A.S.T. if you or a loved one is experiencing stroke symptoms.

When Gerry Sandlin suffered a stroke mid-air, his wife knew the symptoms of stroke and called for help immediately. Their plane made an emergency landing in Memphis, where the UT Mobile Stroke Unit met Gerry on the tarmac. Watch this heartwarming video to learn how precision medicine saved Gerry’s life.

Solutions improving stroke pathways

As your partner in stroke management, we keep you ahead of your time – with industry-leading technologies designed to help you speed up stroke care and transform care delivery.

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  1. 1. Pre-hospital testing/evaluations and triaging patients to the appropriate facility. Imaging (NCT/CTA) with a Mobile Stroke Unit (MSU) where available could save additional time over the next 2 steps.

  2. 2. Triaging patients within hospital upon arrival, quick imaging (Non-contrast CT/CT Angiography/CT Perfusion) and diagnosis along with determining treatment plan.​

  3. 3. Administer tPA (Tissue Plasminogen Activator) and prep for further treatment

  4. 4. Endovascular treatment in the Angio suite

  5. 5. Mobile CT directly at the patients bedside in the ICU for follow-up neuro imaging

  6. 6. Comprehensive pathways to help improve your patients outcomes

Reducing door-to-groin time for stroke patients is critical for improved patient outcomes. Optimize clinical processes by performing CT imaging and angio stroke intervention in the same room. With the seamless integration of the nexaris Angio-CT suite, patients can stay on the same table for diagnostic imaging and intervention -- translating into time savings and enhanced patient safety.

Multi-room configurations can further boost efficiency, allowing separate teams to share the same CT gantry that slides on rails between rooms. Customized room designs offer flexibility to adapt to clinical needs to help drive utilization. A two-room nexaris Angio-CT , with an Angiography system in one room and a Sliding Gantry CT in the other, allows the systems to be used independently.

  • Integrated multi-modality suite that shares one table for CT imaging, diagnosis, and intervention, making patient transfer unnecessary
  • Designed to support enhanced patient outcomes for stroke management
  • Potential cost savings thanks to reduced workflow time 
  • Faster acute stroke treatment with CT imaging and diagnosis, followed by image-guided intervention and thrombectomy, all in one room
  • High-end care for centers of excellence
You rely on excellent diagnostic imaging to confirm ischemic stroke, detect the location of the vessel occlusion and evaluate the brain damage and penumbra. CT and MR imaging are considered the gold standard by international stroke guidelines. Our dedicated CT and MR solutions offer stroke protocols that provide imaging for you to make confident and fast diagnostic decisions.
  • Uncompromised image quality throughout the CT scanner portfolio enables optimized signal-to-noise and contrast-to-noise ratio for excellent gray-white matter differentiation and contrast enhancement.  
  • Combining outstanding CT image quality, dose reduction and workflow enhancing tools: FAST 3D Camera, CARE Dose 4D, Iterative Reconstruction, X-CARE, iMAR, Dual Energy (DE) spectral imaging, Adaptive 4D and Flex 4D Imaging. 
  •  Standardized scanning and workflow for stroke with fully automated stroke perfusion analysis with syngo.via Auto Stroke and Rapid Results. 
  • Fast scan, analysis, and decision support for endovascular mechanical thrombectomy planning, ongoing triage and treatment pathways. Every second counts in stroke, because “time is brain”.

In stroke care, it is crucial to differentiate ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke at the earliest possible stage. A Mobile Stroke Unit (MSU) is a relatively new approach for pre-hospital patient evaluations, imaging, diagnosing and treatment providing early information to appropriately triage the patient.

An MSU can transform care delivery by going directly to the patient without compromising clinical results. Prehospital stroke care can possibly shorten the time from the symptoms of stroke onset to administration of Alteplase IV r-tPA, Tissue Plasminogen Activator. Providing early imaging for a patient with an ischemic stroke enables clinicians to plan treatment and triage the patient to a hospital facility that can provide potential Endovascular Treatment.

Your Benefits:

  • Industry-leading comprehensive solutions that enable diagnosing and treating stroke patients, saving precious time.

  • Expedite the Stroke Care Pathway by bringing the CT scanner to the patient at the Point of Care, followed by treatment with biplane angiography image guided intervention.

Mobile head CT imaging with the SOMATOM offers reliable and consistent Point of Care imaging, right at your patient’s bedside. This will change the way you care for ICU patients with acute and neuro critical conditions. Reducing or eliminating transport to the radiology department for CT imaging of the head may help prevent related risks and allows your staff to concentrate on what matters most: providing optimal care for all patients within the department.

With this fast access to mobile CT imaging of the head directly at the point of care, physicians can reach fast treatment decisions and changes in the patient’s condition or arising complications for better outcomes. Additionally, offering CT imaging directly in the ICU allows the radiology department to maintain their scheduling.  
  • Minimize patient transports
  • Optimize staff deployment
  • Streamline a complex workflow
  • Achieve reliable and consistent image quality at the Point of Care
  • A slim system design with easy maneuverability and integrated patient support accessories
  •  Self-shielded system with telescopic gantry design

Revolutionary stroke care

Redefining Stroke Care

In 2018, four new physicians joined Prisma Health-Upstate in South Carolina with a vision to improve access to Mechanical Thrombectomy and other advanced neurointerventions. Listen to their story as they partner with EMS to create an ED/CT bypass model to move prescreened patients directly to the neurovascular angiography suite for interventional care.

Highlights from the Goettingen approach	The University Medical Center Goettingen in Germany significantly reduced door‐to‐groin time.4)
Highlights from the Goettingen approach The University Medical Center Goettingen in Germany significantly reduced door‐to‐groin time.4)

“One stop management of stroke patients with suspected large vessel occlusion (NIHSS > 6) is feasible and can save 30 to 60 minutes of in-hospital time.” **

Marios Psychogios, MD
Department of Neuroradiology
University Hospital Goettingen, Germany

How many patients who received endovascular thrombectomy within 24 hours after the onset of an ischemic stroke suffered less disability than patients receiving standard medical care? Make your pick!