Swedish Medical Center (Denver, CO) is a comprehensive stroke center with a volume of 1,200 stroke patients annually. Prior attempts at their institution to utilize TCD with bubble injection using a traditional TCD system with multi depth digital processing and bilateral probe headset failed as it required an expert to perform the test at the bedside. The NovaGuide 2 Intelligent Ultrasound is a new TCD system that utilizes robotic AI technology which allows alternative staff to perform the TCD bubble studies. Swedish incorporated NovaGuide 2 into their stroke evaluation protocol for young patients.
This case study reviews the newly implemented stroke workflow and the results of the first 100 patients who received a TCD with bubble injection using NovaGuide 2.