Interventional radiological treatment is not yet a standard procedure throughout stroke therapy. Vascular interventions are often limited to life-threatening situations that might be resolved by arterial recanalization, clot removal, stent implantation, or intra-arterial lysis. Studies show that stroke patients may profit from interventional therapy up to 6 hours after symptom onset.
New devices to support arterial recanalization by clot removal are emerging. Thus, more and more stroke patients are referred to interventional stroke treatment.
Excellent imaging during intervention is indispensable for safe and efficient vascular therapy. Interventional radiology suites should therefore reflect the therapeutic requirements of the interventional imaging technique and the skills of the interventional team.
A comprehensive case presentation relying on access to and integration of data from a variety of imaging modalities are very beneficial for workplaces in interventional radiology. This emphasizes the importance of dedicated software applications, smooth data exchange between diagnostic and interventional radiology, and, in general, efficient data handling in the clinical IT network.