UT Southwestern Launches Telestroke Program

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UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas has launched a telestroke program to provide partner hospitals with real-time access to a UT Southwestern neurologist.

Through the program, UT Southwestern physicians use iPads to conduct audiovisual consultations with the medical staff and stroke patients in partner hospitals' emergency departments, as well as review patients' MRI and CT imaging results. The UT Southwestern physicians can then recommend treatments, including having the patient transferred if necessary.

"In stroke care, time is so critical," said Mark Goldberg, MD, chair of neurology and neurotherapeutics at UT Southwestern, in a news release. "With the launch of the UT Southwestern telestroke network, our neurology team can provide expert evaluations and treatment decisions for patients located hundreds of miles away, often within minutes."

Partner facilities include Good Shepherd Medical Center locations in Kilgore, Marshall and Linden, Texas, and Texas General Hospital in Grand Prairie.

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