Imaging department organization in a stroke center and workflow processes in acute stroke.
Eur J Radiol. 2017 Nov;96:120-124
Authors: Assis ZA, Menon BK, Goyal M
The imaging department is an integral part of the stroke management task force and plays a critical role. Accurate and timely interpretation of images obtained in the emergency department and involvement in decision-making has contributed immensely in stroke care. In fact, the treatment paradigm has changed considerably after the recent positive endovascular clinical trials; and so is the hospital workflow and treatment site. As a result, the imaging department has become the site of maximum activity during an acute stroke protocol. Time management, teamwork and standardized institutional protocols contribute to improve functional outcome. In this review article, we emphasize the critical role an Imaging department’s organization plays in a stroke center and the workflow involved in management of acute stroke.
PMID: 28711339 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]