The microwaves in the Strokefinder helmet read your brain tissue to determine the kind of stroke you have with great certainty. Ideally, ambulances will use the Strokefinder so that doctors are prepared to treat the patient appropriately upon arrival in the Emergency Room. Today, doctors must first do a CAT scan to determine the type of stroke, delaying treatment and likely leading to greater brain damage.
The Strokefinder is not yet ready for prime time. It’s still being tested. But, it’s another tool for improving outcomes for stroke patients. As it is many stroke patients suffer from paralysis or weakness to one side of their body. And, strokes are the fourth leading cause of death. In the meantime, if you think someone is suffering a stroke, call 911 immediately. Getting that person to the emergency room as quickly as possible offers the best chance of minimizing disability and death.
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