For Cathy, a stroke patient of Dr. Mark Bain, a Cleveland Clinic neurosurgeon, the hospital’s mobile stroke treatment unit (MSTU) helped her overcome barriers of location and resources by using telemedicine to communicate with doctors remotely.

“We typically need a CAT scan to figure out what kind of stroke somebody is having,” says Bain. “One of the things that mobile stroke helps us do is to get that CAT scan right at the patient’s door, right at their house. What that allows us to do is to initiate therapy immediately.”

Specialists were able to perform that CAT scan on Cathy and get her to the right hospital in a quick fashion.

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