Johnston-Willis Hospital
February 19, 2018

State-of-the-art brain imaging technology can save more lives

Richmond, VA. (February 19, 2018)HCA Virginia’s Johnston-Willis Hospital Comprehensive Stroke Center is the first medical center in Virginia to use the ischemaView RAPID neuroimaging platform, which allows a neurovascular physician to quickly and more accurately evaluate patients who have had a major stroke and also identify those who would most likely benefit from this life-saving process.

“Johnston-Willis Hospital is well-known for providing leading edge stroke care in the community and for being an early adopter of the lifesaving minimally invasive technique of removing blood clots from blocking brain arteries known as a neurothrombectomy, said Efstathios Spinos, M.D., chief of neurovascular interventional surgery at Johnston-Willis Hospital’s Comprehensive Stroke Center. “With the new RAPID technology, we are now able to treat more patients with this devastating disease more accurately.”

RAPID is a fully automated technology that delivers real-time maps from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography, or CT scans resulting in an easily interpreted view of the circulation of blood through the brain, also known as brain perfusion. These maps allow physicians to facilitate clinical decision making, patient triage, collaboration between community hospitals and specialists and appropriate patient transfers to specialty centers.

“Some strokes damage the brain beyond repair while other strokes may still allow a patient to have a miraculous recovery,” said Spinos. “During a stroke, as many as two million brain cells die per minute. This new software helps us to significantly expand the window for care while allowing us to more quickly initiate this potentially lifesaving treatment.”

According to Spinos, the neurothrombectomy can be performed on patients who wake up with a stroke, as well in patients with a stroke that may have occurred in the previous 24 hours.

“Johnston-Willis Hospital remains dedicated to delivering advances in neurosciences for our patients,” said Zach McCluskey, chief executive officer of Johnston-Willis Hospital. “We are proud to be the first in Virginia to offer this new technology, and hope it will provide stroke patients with healthier outcomes and the quality of life they deserve.”

As a Comprehensive Stroke Center, Johnston-Willis Hospital is certified with the highest possible level of accreditation. In addition, the Joint Commission has awarded Johnston-Willis with a Gold Seal Certification of Distinction for stroke rehabilitation.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stroke kills about 140,000 Americans each year. More than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke, and about 610,000 of these are first or new strokes. For more information, visit