Philips to highlight latest advances in stroke care at 2022 World Stroke Congress

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Royal Philips today announced it will showcase the company’s latest advances to support the treatment of stroke patients at the 14th annual World Stroke Congress (WSC 2022, 26–29 October, Singapore).

As per a company press release, Philips is working closely with its stroke care partners, such as artificial intelligence (AI)-driven company Nicolab, which will join Philips at WSC 2022.

“This World Stroke Day, we are committed to improving stroke care,” said Angelique Balguid, head of marketing for Neurovascular Portfolio at Philips. “At each vital step, from early detection to treatment and recovery, we are collaborating with caregivers to speed up the stroke care pathway, because every minute matters for stroke patients. We aim to push the boundaries and set new standards, so that clinicians can act faster, improve outcomes, and grow access to care.”

On Wednesday 26 October at WSC 2022, Philips will host a satellite symposium featuring talks from leading clinical stroke care experts, including Rotem Sivan-Hoffman (Meir Medical Center, Haifa, Israel), Wim van Zwam (Maastricht University Medical Center, Maastricht, The Netherlands) and Marc Ribó (University Hospital Vall d’Hebron, Barcelona, Spain).

The discussion will be moderated by Balguid and is set to explore a range of topics, including the early detection of stroke, new guidelines for reperfusion therapy, and the health-economic impact of a novel stroke pathway: the direct-to-angio-suite (DTAS) approach.

The release further notes that Philips’ comprehensive stroke suite includes several solutions aimed at improving diagnostic confidence and time to treatment, and helping reduce the risk of a second stroke. These include the company’s image-guided therapy system, Azurion, and its computed tomography (CT)-like SmartCT 3D visualisation and measurement tool—both of which play a key role in the Philips Neuro suite that intends to deliver the latest advances in interventional neuroradiology (INR).

These solutions leverage the Spectral CT 7500 spectral CT scanner to improve diagnostic capabilities for radiologists, the release continues, which offers enhanced grey and white matter differentiation and improved image quality for the detection of subtle haemorrhage, and may help in the detection of ischaemic stroke through enhanced visualisation of vascular anatomy.

Via its partnership with Nicolab, and the company’s cloud-based StrokeViewer technology, Philips is also aiming to improve patient outcomes by connecting care teams to optimise the overall stroke workflow. In addition, Philips intends to support post-stroke remote telemetry with the Philips Holter ePatch, which replaces the “cumbersome setup of conventional Holter monitors” with a small, unobtrusive body sensor and patch delivering up to 14 days of continuous, high-quality electrocardiogram (ECG) recording to diagnose atrial fibrillation reliably.


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