Emirates News Agency – Artificial intelligence technology for stroke diagnosis and treatment in Cleveland Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, 28th October, 2022 (WAM) — Cleveland Abu Dhabi Clinic, a partner of Mubadala Health, has adopted another cutting-edge innovation. ARTIS Icono, the region’s most advanced stroke intervention system, integrates 2D and 3D imaging with artificial intelligence.
It is a potentially life-changing innovation for patients in the United Arab Emirates who suffer from stroke, a serious illness caused by a blood clot in the brain.
“With victims of ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke, timing is crucial,” said Dr. Khalil Zahra, chief of neuro-interventional surgery at the Neurological Institute of Cleveland Abu Dhabi Clinic. “Minutes matter. Typically, we aim for a maximum of around six hours from the onset of symptoms to perform what’s called a neuro-thrombectomy, a procedure that dissolves the clot in the patient’s brain. This new system makes this process much faster and more accurate, which will save lives.”
In a traditional stroke procedure, the patient begins with a CT scan, and surgeons manually review the images before operating to dissolve the blood clot. The ARTIS Icono transforms this process using artificial intelligence to deliver unparalleled image quality and real-time reconstruction. Surgeons can skip the CT scan and begin treatment immediately. They save valuable time, offer surgeons much better visibility and expose the patient to less harmful radiation.
“According to the World Health Organization, one in four people is at risk of suffering a stroke in their lifetime. In the United Arab Emirates, about 25% of adults suffer from hypertension, which puts our population at risk an increased risk of stroke,” said Dr. Zahra. “Here, stroke is the leading cause of disability and the third leading cause of death. Having the most innovative technologies to treat patients has never been more crucial. This highly sophisticated system will ultimately help us to provide stroke victims with the best care in the world and the best possible chance of recovery.”
The ARTIS Icono is just one of many technological innovations that Cleveland Abu Dhabi, recently named the best smart hospital in the region by Newsweek, is using to take patient care into the future.
The new system will be installed at the Neurological Institute’s Neurovascular Medicine Program and at the Cleveland Abu Dhabi Stroke Center, which offers a full range of the latest diagnostic and treatment options for patients. victims of strokes and other cerebrovascular diseases.

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