ePrime: Evaluation of Magnetic Resonance (MR) Imaging to Predict Neurodevelopmental Impairment in Preterm Infants
Preterm infants face an uncertain future because premature birth often leads to problems with brain development and can cause cerebral palsy.
A trial needs to be done to see if Magnetic Resonance Imaging helps families and professionals by predicting long term problems more accurately, allowing better targeting of care to children with problems and reassuring the parents of normal babies.
This programme will provide the evidence-base for NHS policy on the use of magnetic resonance imaging of the brain for preterm infants.
Other: Referral for specialist MR imaging at term corrected age in addition to routine clinical ultrasonography as a predictor of neurodevelopmental outcome
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||Evaluation of MR Imaging to Predict Neurodevelopmental Impairment in Preterm Infants|
|Study Start Date:||January 2010|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||January 2015|
Delivery at less than 33 completed weeks of gestation
|Other: Referral for specialist MR imaging at term corrected age in addition to routine clinical ultrasonography as a predictor of neurodevelopmental outcome|
The trial will determine very accurately how well MRI predicts long-term problems, and it will assess whether it makes parents more or less anxious about their babies, and whether they seek more or less help in the first couple of years after birth,and see if the total cost to the NHS is increased by using MRI. It will also check up if there is a better way to do ultrasound examinations, and do a survey to see how much MRI is used in the UK and whether hospitals think they could provide it.
The core of the project is a study of preterm babies who will be referred to a specialist centre to have both ultrasound and MRI scans. Half the parents will be told the results of the MRI and half the parents the ultrasound. The programme will then ask them to fill in questionnaires or be interviewed about their stress levels and the amount of support they seek for their children until they are two years old, when the babies will be examined to see if MRI predicted their outcome accurately.
|Contact: Dr N Gonzalez Cinca||02083833326|
|Neonatal ICU, Hammersmith Hospital|
|London, United Kingdom, W12ONN|
|Principal Investigator:||Professor D Edwards||Imperial College London|