Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, a Mubadala Health partner, has adopted the ARTIS Icono, the most advanced stroke interventional system in the region incorporating 2D and 3D imaging with artificial intelligence.

It is a potentially life-changing innovation that is now being made available for patients in the UAE who suffer from stroke, a serious condition 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 in the Neurological Institute of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. “Minutes count. Typically, we aim for a maximum of about six hours from symptom onset to perform what is called a neuro-thrombectomy, a procedure that dissolves the clot in a patient’s brain. This new system makes that process much faster and more precise, which will save lives.”

Process transformation

In traditional stroke intervention, the patient begins with a CT scan, and surgeons review imaging manually before operating to dissolve the blood clot. The ARTIS Icono transforms this process using artificial intelligence to deliver unparalleled image quality and reconstruction in real-time. Surgeons can skip a CT scan and begin treatment immediately. This saves precious time, gives surgeons far better visibility, and exposes the patient to less harmful radiation.

“According to the World Health Organisation, one in four people run the risk of having a stroke in their lifetime. In the UAE, about 25% of UAE adults have hypertension, which puts our population at greater risk of having a stroke,” said Dr Zahra. “Here, stroke is the leading cause of disability and the third leading cause of death. It has never been more crucial to have the most innovative technology available for treating patients. This highly sophisticated system will ultimately help us give stroke victims the finest care in the world and the best possible chance of recovery.”

The ARTIS Icono is only one of many technological innovations that Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, recently ranked the top smart hospital in the region by Newsweek, is using to bring patient care into the future.

Full range

The new system will be housed at the Neurological Institute’s Neurovascular Medicine Programme and Stroke Centre at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, which offers a full range of the latest diagnostic and treatment options for patients with stroke and other cerebrovascular conditions.

In honour of World Stroke Day on October 29, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi encouraged the community to learn the signs of stroke using the acronym F.A.S.T. – because minutes can save lives: Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty and Time to call 998.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has been the designated stroke centre for Abu Dhabi since receiving its official designation by the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi in 2015. Their surgeons have conducted more than 500 thrombectomies in the last seven years.

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