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Physicians Update

Fall 2008

Telemedicine for Stroke


UCLA is helping to develop “telestroke,” a promising approach to making proven stroke therapies more widely available to all patients. A sophisticated form of videoconferencing, telestroke systems permit doctors at major centers, like UCLA, to talk with and to visually examine patients in remote hospital emergency departments in real time, review their films, share observations with their nurses and local doctors, and recommend the best course of treatment. UCLA is now developing two types of telestroke networks — videocarts and videorobots — and plans to launch the program later this year.

Neuro-imaging Suite

A new neuro-imaging suite at UCLA that includes a 3-Tesla MRI and a combined CT/PET scan enables repeated imaging of acute cerebrovascular-injured patients. Interventionalists can image the brain cross-sectionally at the same time they’re doing angiograms, so that the appropriate mixture of clot-preventing drugs and perfusion support measures can be tailored to optimize outcomes.

Can Liquefied Oxygen Treat a Brain Hemorrhage?

As one of seven SPOTRIUS centers funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for acute-stroke research, the UCLA Stroke Center is studying the benefits of giving liquefied oxygen to patients through a catheter into the brain, using a novel keyhole neurosurgery technique, to remove blood from patients with brain hemorrhage.

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