iSchemaView's Rapid ASPECTS Launched in Europe
May 15, 2018—iSchemaView, Inc., which is focused on automated cerebrovascular imaging analysis, announced the launch of the company's Rapid ASPECTS, a digital imaging solution that assists clinicians in assessing early signs of brain ischemia in stroke. It has received European CE Mark approval. The company is introducing Rapid ASPECTS at ESOC 2018, the European Stroke Organization Conference held May 16–18 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
According to iSchemaView, the system automates and standardizes the process for applying ASPECTS (Alberta Stroke Program Early Computed Tomography Score), which is a manual 10-point scoring system that relies on determining subtle changes in noncontrast CT examinations. Rapid ASPECTS receives data from standard CT scanners, tilt-corrects the images, and identifies the ASPECTS regions. A sliding confidence indicator allows the physician to scrutinize suspicious regions and determine a final score.
Rapid ASPECTS automatically generates a standardized score that is based on clinically validated machine learning algorithms to enable physicians to easily communicate about the extent of a patient’s ischemic changes and to determine eligibility for thrombectomy. In addition, Rapid ASPECTS provides clear visualization of the brain so that clinicians can better scrutinize each region and confirm the automated score.
In the company's announcement, Benjamin Friedrich, MD, commented, “In my opinion, using Rapid ASPECTS increases the likelihood of getting a reliable ASPECT score, independent of the individual skills and experience of the clinician. This tool is therefore particularly suitable for primary stroke centers with a smaller number of cases. Early and reliable information makes it possible to quickly understand the prognosis of a patient.” Dr. Friedrich is docent and physician in the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology at the Klinikum rechts der Isar in Munich, Germany.