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ePrime: Evaluation of Magnetic Resonance (MR) Imaging to Predict Neurodevelopmental Impairment in Preterm Infants (ePrime)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified April 2010 by Imperial College London.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Imperial College London Identifier:
First received: January 13, 2010
Last updated: June 2, 2015
Last verified: April 2010

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 (MRI) 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 the National Health System (NHS) policy on the use of magnetic resonance imaging of the brain for preterm infants.

Cerebral Palsy

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Evaluation of MR Imaging to Predict Neurodevelopmental Impairment in Preterm Infants

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Further study details as provided by Imperial College London:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • This programme will provide the evidence-base for NHS policy on the use of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of the brain for preterm infants. [ Time Frame: 5 years ]
    1. Determine with high precision the sensitivity and specificity of cerebral MR imaging for predicting neurodevelopmental impairment in the context of the NHS.
    2. Use a randomised design to compare the effect of MR and ultrasound imaging on total healthcare usage and costs, and assess its effect on unplanned and planned care.
    3. Compare the influence of MR- and ultrasound-based information on parental perceptions, stress and coping.
    4. Compare routine local bedside with specialist centralised ultrasound imaging.
    5. Survey current MR use and capacity in the NHS.
    6. Develop further novel MR methods to predict neurodevelopmental impairment.

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
Saliva samples containing DNA.

Estimated Enrollment: 625
Study Start Date: April 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Preterm infants
Delivery at less than 33 completed weeks of gestation

Detailed Description:

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 United Kingdon (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.


Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 33 Weeks   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Preterm infants delivered at less than 33 weeks of gestation. The North and South west London Perinatal Networks will provide a representative sample of the preterm infants cared for by the NHS.

Inclusion Criteria:

-Delivery at less than 33 completed weeks of gestation, estimated from early fetal ultrasonographic measurements as recommended in the National Institute of Clinical Excellence Guidelines: Antenatal Care for the Healthy Woman

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Prior MR imaging
  • Major Congenital Malformations
  • Presence of Metallic Implants
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01049594

United Kingdom
Croydon University Hospital
London, United Kingdom, CR7 7YE
Barnet General Hospital
London, United Kingdom, EN5 3DJ
Northwick Park Hospital
London, United Kingdom, HA1 3UJ
Kingston Hospital NHS Trust
London, United Kingdom, KT2 7QB
Guys & St Thomas NHS Trust Foundation
London, United Kingdom, SE1 7EH
Epsom and St Helier University Hospital
London, United Kingdom, SM5 1AA
St George's Healthcare NHS Trust
London, United Kingdom, SW17 0QT
West Middlesex University Hospital
London, United Kingdom, TW7 6AF
Ealing Hospital NHS Trust
London, United Kingdom, UB1 3HW
Hillingdon Hopsital
London, United Kingdom, UB8 3NN
Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea Hospital
London, United Kingdom, W12 0HS
St Marys Hospital
London, United Kingdom, W2 1NY
St. Peter's Hospital
Surrey, United Kingdom, KT16 0PZ
Sponsors and Collaborators
Imperial College London
Principal Investigator: David Edwards Imperial College London
  More Information

Responsible Party: Imperial College London Identifier: NCT01049594     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: EudraCT 2009-011602-42
RP-PG-0707-10154 ( Other Grant/Funding Number: The National Institute for Health Research )
Study First Received: January 13, 2010
Last Updated: June 2, 2015

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cerebral Palsy
Brain Damage, Chronic
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases processed this record on May 22, 2017