Date: 06/06/2019

Vista Radiology Brings First Artificial Intelligence Application to Knoxville

Vista Radiology Brings First Artificial Intelligence Application to Knoxville

June 5, 2019 – Knoxville, TN Vista Radiology, PC is the first and only radiology practice in Tennessee to bring artificial intelligence to synchronize stroke care. Artificial intelligence is not just in the movies – it’s an innovative way of using technology to transform stroke care. Utilizing an app called, neuro-interventional radiologists are able to quickly coordinate stroke care, reduce systemic delays and offer life-saving treatments.

Dr. Keith Woodward, a neuro-interventional radiologist with Vista Radiology, explained the impact on stroke treatments, “Adding artificial intelligence will allow us to find and treat strokes much faster, reducing the amount of time before emergent care is started and improving outcomes.” is the first and only artificial intelligence package to receive FDA approval for stroke care. The application uses a proprietary algorithm to compare the patient’s scan with a database of stroke cases. Within minutes, the neuro-interventional radiologist receives images of the patient scans on their mobile device. The entire medical team is included on the communication allowing real-time consults via a chat function.

With stroke care, every minute counts in saving a patient’s brain. Dr. Woodward described how this advancement will save lives, “Getting the blood flow back to normal faster means patients will have smaller strokes and much better outcomes.” With the application, the team consults and decisions regarding the best treatment are made faster. Dr. Woodward continued, “Early stroke detection is key in saving brains. The use of AI allows us to detect strokes quicker so that patients who come to our facilities have the best chance of full recovery.”

“It was a high priority to our group to offer this innovative technology to our partnering locations,” said Aaron Shoopman, Vista Radiology Administrator. He continued, “Our neuro-interventional radiologists have studied the artificial intelligence application extensively and believe this advancement will provide remarkable outcomes for many of their patients across the area.”


With Vista Radiology specialists on your team, you get expertly analyzed results you can trust every time. Vista Radiology is the largest and most sub-specialized radiology practice in East Tennessee with over 37 Board- Certified radiologists. Vista delivers 24-hour tele-radiology services to ensure you get the answers you need quickly.

Partnership with hospitals and doctors is something Vista Radiologists take to heart. When every minute counts, our team is on call to ensure timely results. We have physicians, processes and technologies to guarantee coverage at all times, making high-quality radiology care a 365-day specialty. With our team of  leading radiologists, Vista provides a distinguished level of expertise through the combination of radiology sub-specialties, minimally-invasive procedures and a partnership mindset to deliver quality patient-focused care.

Media Contact:

Michelle Borja
Vista Radiology, Director of Communications

Date: 14/04/2019

A Patient Story – LaVerne


A Patient Story – LaVerne

It was Saturday afternoon following her 89thbirthday. LaVerne was enjoying  lunch with her daughter at a local restaurant. “I reached for my leftovers, but I couldn’t grasp it,” LaVerne explained. In her mind, she reassured her daughter she was alright but in reality she was not.

Her daughter Karen had driven from Atlanta to celebrate her mother’s birthday. When they finished lunch, she noticed the blank look on her mom’s face. She was not moving. Then, Karen realized one side of LaVerne’s face was drooping and immediately asked a hostess to call 911. She was aware of the signs of a stroke and knew that time was of the essence.

In the ambulance, LaVerne recalled a scurry of activity and her anxiety began to rise. She arrived at Fort Sanders Hospital within 30 minutes of her first symptoms thanks to the quick response of EMT personnel. LaVerne recalled one of the EMTs touching her foot in the hallway and looking at her with a reassuring smile. “He was one of my angels,” LaVerne explained.

As she was prepped by the T3 Trauma Team, her family gathered with Dr. Hixson. He reviewed her CT Scan and shared treatment options as well as possible outcomes. As the family gathered, they asked Dr. Hixson if they could pray over him. With clutched hands, they asked for God’s guidance as he attempted to remove the clot from LaVerne’s head.

During LaVerne’s procedure, she waited rather impatiently for all of the action to subside. As Dr. Hixson removed the clot from her brain, she promptly regained her speech and announced, “How much longer will this take?” Dr. Hixson laughed as he reflected on her response. Most procedures like LaVerne’s take approximately 15 minutes and his fastest to date was 9 minutes.

LaVerne’s spirited personality was back as she greeted her family in the recovery room. She spent one evening in ICU and was discharged the following day. In the days that followed, they discovered that the removal of a routine medication, due to another scheduled procedure, caused the blood clot to form in LaVerne’s head.A few weeks following the incident, LaVerne was back to her normal routine and enjoying the company of her Knoxville family who checks in with her routinely. The family has been changed by the experience. In honor of LaVerne, they kicked off 10/20/30 for Vernie, a family fundraiser and commitment to exercise in order to grow stroke awareness. The family plans to donate the funds to the Ft. Sanders Regional Stroke Team in honor of Dr. Hixson.

When asked how the events changed her, LaVerne explains, “God kept me alive for a reason and I’m waiting for Him to show me what He needs me to do.”