KHN using AI to help reverse disability in stroke patients

KETTERING — Kettering Health Network is using artificial intelligence that can reverse disability in patients with new stroke symptoms.

Stroke patients with a blood clot in the brain who don’t qualify for the tPA clot-busting medicine now have another option for treatment that can save their life and improve their quality of life.

Kettering Health Network is using the RAPID imaging platform from iSchemaView. RAPID is a new class of automated brain imaging software that allows doctors to quickly visualize reductions in blood flow to the brain and early signs of brain injury.

RAPID software quickly and automatically analyzes CT scans of stroke patients to determine in minutes if the patient is a candidate for a thrombectomy, a procedure in which the surgeon removes a blood clot from an artery or vein. Results are immediately sent to Kettering Health Network’s stroke team, who can view the results on a computer or smartphone.

“The RAPID platform allows us to easily and swiftly communicate about the extent of a patient’s blood flow changes to the brain,” said Tim Schoonover, DO, medical director of Kettering Health Network’s stroke program. “Time matters when a person is having a stroke and the RAPID software enables us to save brain tissue and to reverse effects of strokes like paralysis for patients who come to us within 24 hours of having a stroke.”

Kettering Health Network is a not-for-profit network of eight hospitals, 11 emergency departments, and 120 outpatient facilities serving southwest Ohio. For more information, visit