Samsung NeuroLogica and Mercy Life Flight Network have launched its new mobile stroke unit (MSU) in greater north western Ohio to cater to fast treatment requirements for patients suffering strokes.

The vehicle, the fourth of its kind, was developed jointly by Stryker, Frazer and Samsung NeuroLogica, with a $1m grant from the Mercy Foundation.

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Procured in partnership with the Lucas County Commissioners and the city of Toledo to address new stroke care protocols, the MSU comprises a critical care nurse, paramedic and CT technologist for immediate attention for patients.

Mercy Health MSU programme manager Julie Goins-Whitmore said: "The key to stroke care is determining what kind of stroke is occurring, whether it is haemorrhagic or ischemic.

"Performing the scan out in the field quickens the diagnostic process, which is critical to starting the right treatment as soon as possible.

"Performing the scan out in the field quickens the diagnostic process, which is critical to starting the right treatment as soon as possible."

"It is also a huge relief for patients and their families to have a much better idea of what is happening before the MSU even leaves their driveways."

The unit will be fitted with a CereTom mobile CT scanner, which is an eight-slice system to relay high-quality scans to specialists at the hospital in various patient locations enabling immediate treatment of the patient.

It features a rapid scan time, easy-to-use interface and immediate image viewing option and is suitable for use in a range of settings, including the MSU, ICU, NICU, and emergency department and in patient rooms.

Each year, strokes kill nearly 130,000 Americans, 87% of which accounts being ischemic, resulting to dysfunction of tissue.

The MSU equipped with CereTom is on display at the ongoing AHA / International Stroke Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Centre.

A CereTom equipped MSU was displayed in October 2015 at the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Scientific Assembly in Boston.

Image: Mercy Life Flight Network Mobile Stroke Unit. Photo: courtesy of by Samsung NeuroLogica.