In the UK, the number of patients showing few or no sequelae after a cerebrovascular accident (CVA) has tripled thanks to artificial intelligence

In the United Kingdom, the number of patients showing little or no sequelae after a cerebrovascular accident (CVA) has tripled thanks to artificial intelligence (AI), the UK Department of Health has announced. Developed by an Oxford-based company, the Brainomix e-Stroke system cuts diagnosis by more than an hour and enables the most appropriate treatment to be chosen quickly.

Its use in 111,000 cases of suspected stroke increased the number of patients with no or mild disability from 16% to 48%. AI provides decision support in the interpretation of brain scans, in order to give the patient “the right treatment, in the right place, at the right time”, emphasizes the ministry. More than 85,000 people in England have a stroke each year.

The Ministry of Health cites the example of Carol Wilson, teacher’s assistant and grandmother, who in June 2021 suffered from intense convulsions and rapidly lost sight and use of her limbs. The software made it possible to quickly diagnose a blood clot in the brain and to choose a thrombectomy. “I was able to sit up and text family the same day and walk home and walk again about two days after a stroke,” she testified.

“Every minute saved during the initial in-hospital assessment of people with stroke symptoms dramatically improves a patient’s chances of leaving the hospital well,” Dr. Timothy Ferris, Director of NHS Transformation.

Leave a Comment