A mobile stroke unit (MSU) is a standard-sized specialized ambulance that is equipped with a CereTom® CT (computed tomography) scanner. The mobile unit with diagnostic CT imaging capabilities allows the team aboard 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.
NeuroLogica’s CereTom is solid state head CT and the critical component of a Mobile Stroke Unit. There are over 30 Mobile Stroke Unit Programs that are equipped with a CereTom and demand continues to grow worldwide for this exciting technology.
Please watch Dr. Grotta discuss how cost effective and beneficial Mobile Stroke Units are in reducing time to treatment with both tPA and ET.
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Please watch Dr. May Nour discuss prehospital conclusive diagnosis, treatment & enhanced patient routing: The Mobile Stroke Unit Experience.
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For further information, below is a list of studies, white papers, and published literature on CereTom-equipped Mobile Stroke Units.
Cerejo, R., et al. (2015) “A Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit for Field Triage of Patients for Intraarterial Revascularization Therapy”,Journal of Neuroimaging, 25(6), 940–945; Available from: http://doi.org/10.1111/jon.12276
Ebinger, M., et al. (2014a) “Effect of the use of ambulance-based thrombolysis on time to thrombolysis in acute ischemic stroke: A randomized clinical trial”,JAMA, 311(16), 1622–1631; Available from: http://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2014.2850
Fassbender, K., et al. (2013) “Streamlining of prehospital stroke management: The Golden Hour”,Lancet Neurology, 12(6), 585–596; Available from: http://doi.org/10.1016/S1474-4422(13)70100-5
Fassbender, K., et al. (2003) “Mobile stroke unit for hyperacute stroke treatment”,Stroke, 34, e44; Available from: http://doi.org/10.1161/01.STR.0000075573.22885.3B
Gierhake, D., et al. (2012) “Mobile CT: Technical Aspects of Prehospital Stroke Imaging before Intravenous Thrombolysis”,RöFo-Fortschritte Auf; Available from:
Grotta, J.C. (2013) “Stroke Special Report: Mobile Stroke Unit Hits the Road in Houston”,Touch Medical Media, US Neurology; Available from: http://www.touchneurology.com/system/files/private/articles/11340/pdf
Klein, K.E., et al. (2015) “Teleneurocritical Care and Telestroke”,Critical Care Clinic, 31(2), 197–224; Available from: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ccc.2014.12.002
Walter, S., et al. (2012) “Diagnosis and treatment of patients with stroke in a mobile stroke unit versus in hospital: A randomised controlled trial”,Lancet Neurology, 11(5), 397–404; Available from: http://doi.org/10.1016/S1474-4422(12)70057-1
Walter, S., et al. (2010) “Bringing the hospital to the patient: First treatment of stroke patients at the emergency site”,PLoS ONE, 5(10), e13758; Available from: http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0013758
Weber, J.E., et al. (2013) “Prehospital thrombolysis in acute stroke: Results of the PHANTOM-S pilot study”,Neurology, 80(2), 163–168; Available from: http://doi.org/10.1212/WNL.0b013e31827b90e5