MOBILE
STROKE UNIT

Bringing the ER to the Patient: A CereTom equipped MSU saves precious time

What is a stroke?

Stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted by a blockage or a rupture in an artery, depriving brain tissue of oxygen. It is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of disability. Close to 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year. Most suffer ischemic stroke, which occurs when blood flow to the brain is obstructed by a clot in a blood vessel. Fortunately, ischemic stroke can be treated effectively with a tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), a drug that if administered within three hours of the first signs of stroke dissolves a clot to improve blood flow back to the affected part of the brain. Unfortunately, it can take an hour after a stroke patient arrives in the ED to receive treatment because of the time needed to determine which kind of stroke the patient is having. If only there was a faster way to diagnose stroke patients with a readily available CT scanner.

What is a Mobile Stroke Unit?

A mobile stroke unit (MSU) is a specialized ambulance or other emergency medical vehicle that is equipped with a CereTom® CT (computed tomography) scanner. The mobile unit with diagnostic CT imaging capabilities allows the team onboard to quickly assess whether a patient is having a stroke caused by a blood clot or hemorrhage. If it is determined to be caused by a blood clot, the clot-buster tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) can be administered immediately.

 

CERETOM-EQUIPPED MOBILE STROKE UNITS

Samsung’s CereTom is the only true portable CT scanner available on the market today for this application and is the critical component in a mobile stroke unit. All existing Mobile Stroke Unit Programs are equipped with a CereTom and demand continues to grow worldwide for this exciting technology.

United States MSU Programs

Ohio

  • Cleveland

  • Toledo

Texas

  • Houston

Colorado

  • Denver


INTERNATIONAL MSU PROGRAMS

Germany

  • Homburg

  • Berlin



Cleveland Clinic Mobile Stoke Unit



For further information, below is a list of studies, white papers, and published literature on CereTom-equipped Mobile Stroke Units

Research

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