University Hospital to trial new stroke diagnostic device

Lauren Ainscough

Coventry’s University Hospital is developing a brand new device that will cut diagnosis time in stroke victims. The revolutionary device promises to reduce diagnostic time significantly, from 30 minutes to just five minutes. It tests the patient’s blood instead of using brain scans and will be vital in helping to increase survival rates and decrease chance of disability. According to the UK Stroke Association, approximately 152,000 people suffer from strokes each year, one every five minutes.

Although the machine is still under development, it is the first of these devices in the country and is a huge achievement for Coventry. The innovation was presented last week at an International Research Week event at the hospital, and trials of the device will begin in July.

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