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The NCH Advantage • Technology

The advanced care for stroke symptoms you need, only minutes away

As a Primary Stroke Center, Northwest Community Hospital specialists have fast access to the Emergency Room, Radiology Department and neurological intensive care unit if needed to treat signs of a stroke. NCH is equipped with advanced diagnostic and treatment devices approved by the American College of Radiology for warning signs of a stroke, including:

  • 3.0T MR scanner—GE Healthcare's Discovery MR750 3.0T for MRI/MRA/fMRI of unprecedented power
  • Multi-slice CT scanners—for painless, fast and non-invasive view of blood vessels in the chest and brain with less radiation exposure
  • A flat-panel biplane angiography system with a range of advanced 3D applications that allow us to image a patient’s heart, vessels and brain structures with greater speed and precision
  • A “brain gym” for neurological testing and rehabilitation

Advanced lifesaving technologies for less invasive and safer treatments for stroke symptoms

Interventional neuroradiology therapies are performed by inserting a micro-catheter in the groin area and, under X-ray guidance, threading it through the blood vessels leading into the brain. Once there, medicine is injected directly into the clot to break it up and/or the clot is broken up or removed through the catheter.

These minimally invasive treatments for signs of a stroke rely upon the neurointerventional team’s ability to “see” what is happening in the brain without performing open surgery. Using the latest technology, including the Siemens Artis zee biplane system and multi-slice CT, the NCH neurointerventional team is able to see and manipulate three-dimensional images of the patient’s brain, so they can know exactly where the treatment is needed to restore functioning and prevent long-term disability resulting from stroke symptoms.

Non-surgical procedures for accurate diagnoses, safety and comfort

Non-surgical options for diagnosis and treatment of stroke symptoms include:

  • Biplane angiography
  • Multi-slice computed tomography, angiography and perfusion (CT/CTA/CTP)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging, angiography and perfusion (MRI/MRA/MRP)
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)

For emergency or urgent intra-hospital transfers, please call our 24-hour Stroke Hotline at 847.618.8888.

To get a physician referral for your neurological care, call HealthConnection at 847.618.4YOU (4968) or view our multidisciplinary team of stroke specialists.

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Last Updated 05/22/2009