The initial treatment of ischemic stroke typically occurs in the hospital emergency room. This is critical timeframe in which diagnostic assessments are being performed and treatment options are being evaluated.
There is a saying amongst stroke neurologists that “Time is Brain.” This is particularly evident in the immediate period following the onset of an ischemic stroke. Consider the following statistics:
- Approximately 32,000 neurons will die every second (1.9 million per minute)
- In that same minute, the brain will lose 14 billion synapses, the vital intersection between neurons
- Also lost in that minute are 7.5 miles of myelinated fibers, the insulating material found on the axon of neurons that is essential for proper functioning of the nervous system
It is therefore imperative that treatment be initiated as quickly as possible in order to restore blood flow to the oxygen-deprived regions of the brain that are down-stream of the blood clot or thrombus. In order for treatments to be initiated quickly, however; they must also be easy to use given the often times hectic emergency room environment when treating life-or-death situations such as ischemic stroke.
To address these challenges, Cerevast has developed an operator-independent ultrasonic headframe called the ClotBust-ERTM. This device can be rapidly and easily deployed by virtually any emergency room staff to safely administer the ultrasound energy for SonoLysis therapy.