Practitioners who treat stroke patients now have proof that perfusion imaging can better determine who is and who isn't beyond the "magic window" to restore blood flow to the brain. Lead study author Aquilla Turk, D.O., MUSC Interventional Neuroradiology co-director and neurosciences and radiology professor, described the study as a landmark turn in providing patients with treatments they may not have had otherwise. Currently, the standard of care most providers use as a treatment criterion is the four-hour "magic window."
"This study definitively shows that perfusion imaging as a patient selection criterion for endovascular therapy is a successful evaluation tool, whether patients are presenting at three hours out from their stroke or 11 hours," Turk said. "Broadly speaking, these results could transform our approach to patient selection and ultimately may mean that we will be able to treat significantly more patients and reduce the devastating burden of this disease on individuals and families."
Read a recent MUSC press release on the study.