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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 58  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 740--742

Feasibility and safety of remote radiology interpretation with telephone consultation for acute stroke in Thailand

1 Neurology Division, Thammasat University, Pathum Thani, Thailand
2 Internal Medicine Resident, Thammasat University, Pathum Thani, Thailand
3 Department of Radiology, Thammasat University, Pathum Thani, Thailand

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Faculty of Medicine, Thammasat University, Rangsit Campus, Paholyothin Rd., Pathum Thani 12120
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DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.72162

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"Telestroke" is emerging as a potential timesaving, efficient means for evaluating patients experiencing acute ischemic stroke. It provides an opportunity for administration of thrombolytic drugs within the short therapeutic time window associated with AIS. We describe our experiences of the feasibility and safety of remote radiology interpretation with telephone consultation. Thammasat Stroke Center employs a computed tomography-digital imaging and communication in medicine (CT-DICOM) image transfer by PACS (SYNAPSE-Fujifilm), providing a real-time CT image transferred directly to the stroke consultants. The patient data are communicated by traditional telephone conversation. Here, we assessed patients who received intravenous rt-PA treatment for ASI between October 2007 and January 2009. A total of 458 patients with AIS and transient ischemic attack (TIA) were admitted to a stroke unit during the study period. One hundred patients received intravenous rt-PA (21%). Median NIHSS before thrombolysis was 15 (3-34). Mean door-to-needle time was 54 minutes (15-125). Mean onset-to-treatment time OTT was 160 minutes (60-270). There were 13 asymptomatic intracerebral hemorrhages and two (one fatal) symptomatic intracerebral hemorrhages. At 3 months, 42 patients had achieved excellent recovery (mRS, 0-1) and 14 had died. Administration of rt-PA for AIS with remote radiology interpretation with telephone consultation was feasible and safe, and the system was well received. Further studies are needed to determine the benefit of this method as compared to the conventional telephone consultation alone.


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