Reinvestment and Recovery Act Grant Helps Fund New Facility

January 01, 2015

Hartford Hospital, a recognized leader in the treatment of stroke and vascular diseases, announces the installation a new, innovative imaging system that gives doctors the tools they need to more effectively diagnose and treat patients. Stroke is the number one cause of death for people over the age of 65. Early diagnosis and intervention saves lives and often, a patient’s livelihood: the longer a patient goes without treatment, the more likely that patient is to suffer irreversible damage.

The new neuroradiology suites at Hartford Hospital are equipped with the Artis zee® biplane system, a state of the art imaging system that gives doctors the best tools available to more effectively diagnose and treat patients. Bi-plane imaging equipment allows specialized physicians to obtain three-dimensional views of the patient’s anatomy from any direction, painting a clearer picture so physicians can better determine the next, best course of action for patients.

The system features two advanced x-ray detectors – called flat-panel detectors – that provide high-resolution images without the distortion common with conventional x-ray techniques. The detectors also help physicians visualize exactly where they should place interventional devices, such as guide wires and catheters, in precise detail and from almost any angle.

Hartford Hospital has a nationally recognized commitment to stroke treatment and neuro-interventional radiology has been a key component in the care of these patients. Hartford Hospital is ranked as one of the nation’s top 10 busiest stroke treatment centers by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. There is no other stroke treatment center between New York City and Greater Boston that can provide these critical services to patients experiencing stroke.

Hartford Hospital received $325,000 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to help fund this important addition.

Stroke Warning Signs:

  • Sudden Numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

Call 911 if you see or have any of these symptoms. Every minute counts.