Bathurst Senior CT Radiographer Peter Traise is off to Denmark to speak at the biennial Nordic Congress of Radiology this year in Copenhagen.
Peter has been working with a dedicated team across the Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH) stroke teams in implementing the RAPID software for stroke treatment
“My role has been to oversee the rollout of RAPID, the automated CT stroke analysis software which has been an essential part of being able to determine the eligibility of patients for clot extraction at RPAH”.
“This work has been a collaborative effort between Medical Imaging and the stroke teams. It has involved changing the management of CT scans for acute ischaemic stroke patients and streamlining the imaging protocols. This has enabled clinicians to change the stroke pathways resulting in great health outcomes for some patients”. Peter said.
In 2015 Peter worked in Odense at the Odense University Hospital in Denmark as a CT research radiographer/educator and has maintained those professional links.
Peter’s presentation at the conference is going to be on the establishment and incorporation of the RAPID system into the WNSWLHD acute stroke management.
WNSWLHD General Manager of Medical Imaging, Steve Adams said, “This is a fantastic opportunity not only for Peter but it also showcases the WNSWLHD and the world class care our staff are providing to patients in Western NSW”.
Dr Geoffrey Parker (WNSWLHD Honorary Medical Officer) stated “In acute ischaemic strokes (when parts of the brain suffer from lack of blood supply), many patients can be saved from permanent dependency by quick action to remove or dissolve a blood clot in a major artery.
“The high-quality imaging combined with RAPID software now in routine operation at Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo Hospitals allows patients (sometimes even up to 24 hours after onset) to be promptly selected for emergency air evacuation to Sydney for clot extraction, which may save their lives or allow functional recovery. It is no longer the case that living in a regional area means patients are ineligible for advanced treatment. The staff at all three hospitals have enthusiastically embraced this innovation and work collaboratively across multiple departments to deliver excellent patient care.”