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A Trial to Determine the Efficacy of Near Infrared Spectroscopy to Detect Intracranial Hemorrhage in Children (NIRS)

This study has been completed.
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IWK Health Centre Identifier:
First received: November 19, 2008
Last updated: April 2, 2009
Last verified: November 2008
To diagnose bleeding inside the head, children need to have a CT Scan or MRI of their heads. Not all doctors order these though, especially when there is no history of injury or when children don't look too sick. Unfortunately, this means that some children's bleeding doesn't get diagnosed as early as it could. This study wants to find a way to detect bleeding inside the head without using a CT scan or MRI.

Condition Intervention
Intracranial Hemorrhage Device: Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS)

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Screening
Official Title: A Clinical Assessment of the Reliability of Near Infrared Spectroscopy for the Detection of Intracranial Hemorrhage in Young Children

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Further study details as provided by IWK Health Centre:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Sensitivity of NIRS [ Time Frame: Study conclusion ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • specificity of NIRS, positive/negative predictive value [ Time Frame: Study conclusion ]

Enrollment: 73
Study Start Date: September 2007
Study Completion Date: February 2009
Primary Completion Date: February 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: NIRS
Children who undergo NIRS
Device: Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS)
NIRS of the head is undertaken at the time of CT or MRI examination


Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 36 Months   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • All children under 3 years of age who undergo a CT of the head or MRI of the head.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Lack of parental consent
  • Neurosurgical intervention between CT/MRI and NIRS scanning.
  • Scalp hematoma
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00795119

Canada, Nova Scotia
IWK Health Centre
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3K-6R9
Sponsors and Collaborators
IWK Health Centre
Principal Investigator: Steven Bellemare, MD IWK Health Centre
  More Information

Responsible Party: Dr Steven Bellemare, IWK Health Centre, Dalhousie University Identifier: NCT00795119     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IWK3748
Study First Received: November 19, 2008
Last Updated: April 2, 2009

Keywords provided by IWK Health Centre:
Near Infrared Spectroscopy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Intracranial Hemorrhages
Pathologic Processes
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Vascular Diseases
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