Stroke patients at a Norfolk hospital are getting the care they need faster thanks to cutting-edge computer technology.

Brainomix, the artificial intelligence medical software, allows Computerised Tomography (CT) scans of the brain to be sent directly to an app system which highlights areas for immediate medical attention.

The images make it easier for clinicians at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in King's Lynn to interpret scans and ensure that patients are given the right treatment quickly. This system can be securely accessed via mobile devices meaning it can be accessed anytime, anywhere.

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The instant results of this system mean patients are quickly being admitted to the correct place with the most appropriate care plan in place.

The QEH began using the technology at the end of July and in the first two months of use, 40 patients have benefitted from faster results with a total of 85 scan results being sent via the app.

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Dr Leslie Mtariswa, clinical director for stroke medicine at the QEH, said: “We are thrilled to have artificial intelligence here in the form of the Brainomix technology app.

"This software is capable of producing enhanced brain imaging that enables stroke physicians to make quick and accurate clinical diagnoses and decisions.

"It is a great achievement to be amongst pioneers in a league of trusts offering this treatment aided by Brainomix to our patients."

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Jodie Tillett, lead stroke nurse at the hospital, said: "When someone has a stroke, it is so important that they seek medical attention immediately. What is equally as important is that they then receive the most appropriate treatment in a timely way.

"Artificial intelligence is an assistive tool that enables the clinician to assess the location and severity of changes in the brain, make a quicker diagnosis and support decision making for time-critical treatments in acute stroke. 

"This is a very exciting development for the stroke service in Kings Lynn, and one that will have a positive impact on patient outcomes."