When someone arrives at the hospital showing signs of a stroke, every minute counts. A stroke means there is an interruption of blood flow to the brain. Quick and accurate imaging is essential for health-care practitioners to make prompt diagnosis and treatment decisions.
University of Calgary researchers at the Cumming School of Medicine’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute have created a quick and effective decision support tool to provide detailed images of the blockages in the brain. Simple Perfusion Reconstruction Algorithm (SPIRAL) is an imaging technique that measures blood flow in the brain and pinpoints where the blockage is without using some current methods involving additional contrast dyes.