Budget impact analysis of Rapid Endovascular Treatment of Ischemic Stroke

The return on investment for medical imaging, interventional radiology, is not well understood, with limited existing research on the value realised from the funds spent. It is expected that the Hot Stroke Intervention by interventional radiologists will not only add direct value to the health care system but will have far reaching and significant impact on the Canadian economy. According to the Canadian Heart & Stroke, an estimated 62,000 strokes occur in Canada each year – one every nine minutes. More than 400,000 Canadians are living with long-term disability from stroke. In the next two decades, the number of people living with long-term stroke disability will increase by 80 per cent to 726,000. Currently, based on 2014-15 figures, stroke costs the Canadian economy $3.6 billion a year in physician services, hospital costs, lost wages and decreased productivity. Early anecdotal clinical results in hot stroke management are promising with examples of patients whose lives are typically altered forever are now walking of hospital within a couple of days with minimal to no neurological deficit. The potential economic impact at the local, provincial and national level is staggering. TO BE CONT’D

Faculty Supervisor:

Fiona Clement


Laura Sevick


British Columbia Radiological Society




Medical devices


University of Calgary



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