Stroke Media Information

A Model for Rural Healthcare

Munson Healthcare is transforming interventional stroke care in rural communities with Munson Medical Center’s state-of-the-art ARTIS Icono Biplane Angiography System from Siemens that is:

  • The only one in Michigan
  • One of seven in the United States
  • One of 49 in the world

Gary Rajah, MD, Director of Endovascular Stroke Program

A graduate of Wayne State and proud Michigander, Dr. Gary Rajah, Director of Endovascular Stroke Care, joined Munson Healthcare in June 2020 from the world-class Gates Vascular Institute in Buffalo, New York. In September, he and his team performed the first thrombectomy in Munson Medical Center’s history and continue to expand stroke and neuro care for communities across the region.

When Minutes Matter

Minutes matter. A one hour delay in treating a stroke can age the brain by four years and each minute delayed could result in the loss of 1.9 million neurons.

It’s estimated that each year 200-250 northern Michigan stroke cases require a transfer to downstate facilities. Providing endovascular intervention to these patients at Munson Medical Center means saving time, saving lives and preserving quality of life with better functional outcomes.

Virtual Press Conference

On October 29, 2020 - World Stroke Day - Munson Healthcare held a virtual press conference to announce the launch of the Endovascular Stroke Program. Watch below for more information.

Read more in the press release: Munson Healthcare announces launch of Endovascular Stroke Program on World Stroke Day.

Biplane Media

Biplane Tour with Dr. Gary Rajah


Biplane Technology for Stroke Care at Munson Healthcare

Biplane Room at Munson Healthcare

Biplane Technology - Download Image

Biplane Room at Munson Healthcare

Biplane Technology - Download Image

Biplane Room at Munson Healthcare

Biplane Room - Download Image

Gauge on Biplane at Munson Healthcare

Gauge on Biplane - Download Image

Light for Biplane Technology at Munson HealthcareLight for Biplane - Download Image
Siemens Healthineers Biplane Technology - Munson HealthcareSiemens Healthineers - Download Image
Biplane Imaging Controls - Munson HealthcareBiplane Controls - Download Image
Siemens Biplane Imaging Rendering - Munson HealthcareSiemens - Download Image
Dr. Pearl stroke munson healthcare minutes matterDr. Pearl - Download Image
Brain scan stroke Munson healthcareBrain Scan - Download Image 
Dr. Pearl with Image on phone stroke Munson healthcare minutes matterDr. Pearl with Phone  - Download Image
munson healthcare minutes matter stroke imageDr. Rajah with Phone - Download Image
ICU stroke munson healthcare minutes matter ICU Care - Download Image
Dr. Rajah munson healthcare strokeDr. Rajah - Download Image

How Biplane Imaging Works

Request an Interview

For interviews or further information, including video clips, contact: Dale Killingbeck by phone 231-935-3393, email: or media pager: 231-318-9731.