A stroke occurs when normal blood flow to the brain is blocked. Within minutes, brain cells start dying. Fast diagnosis and treatment of a stroke is critical in saving as much brain function as possible.
- If an ischemic stroke takes place (caused when a clot blocks blood flow to the brain), getting to a hospital as soon as possible enables medical teams to dissolve the clot through a number of procedures.
- With hemorrhagic stroke (caused when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures), the faster the individual can receive surgery to prevent re-bleeding, the less likely the chance of serious disability or death.
As part of the emergency team that responds 24/7 to stroke, our neurovascular specialists use both transcatheter thrombolysis and mechanical thrombectomy to open blocked vessels in the brain.
Innovative diagnosis and treatment
- 128-slice CT scanner. Images of the brain can be seen in far greater detail than traditional 64-slice scanners for more accurate stroke diagnosis.
- Neuronavigation imaging. Sophisticated imaging technology gives neurovascular specialists a real-time 3D picture for precise movement within the brain.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging. An MRI uses powerful radio waves and magnets to create a detailed view of your brain. An MRI can detect brain tissue damaged by an ischemic stroke and brain hemorrhages. Your doctor may inject a dye into a blood vessel to view the arteries and veins and highlight blood flow (magnetic resonance angiography, or magnetic resonance venography).
Neurointerventional biplane angiography technology. This system produces highly detailed three-dimensional views of the blood vessels within the brain. The system includes CT scanning for additional information about the brain and surrounding tissue to identify and diagnose the best patient treatment plans. The images produced by the biplane system aid physicians in performing clot removal. .
Our Telestroke program is used across the Riverside system to allow our hospital emergency physicians to connect to our neurological specialists via advanced telemedicine equipment for real-time consultations. This technology provides an extra set of eyes, and is available and accessible to all Riverside hospitals and specialists.
Riverside Regional Medical Center is the peninsula's only Comprehensive Stroke Center. Riverside Doctors' Hospital Williamsburg, Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, and Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital are certified Primary Stroke Centers.
These certifications are evaluated on an annual basis, so the Riverside Stroke Centers are always reviewing and improving the care they deliver to stroke patients.