The Stanford Stroke Center has pioneered the use of brain imaging
that is changing the way doctors treat stroke. Called multimodal
imaging, these views of the brain capture what tissue can be
saved—even though a patient might have had a stroke several hours
after the three-hour window now seen as the standard end of useful
intervention. Stanford has also built a protocol for a fast MRI
process to speed up that imaging.
The multimodal imaging
approach means that each patient’s own biological clock is visible—and
that successful treatment can restore function long beyond what was
once thought possible. “Multimodal goes beyond the basic CAT scan or
even a basic MRI to get a lot more information,” said Neil Schwartz,
MD, PhD, stroke specialist at the Stanford Stroke Center.