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Optimal timing of cerebral MRI in preterm infants to predict long-term neurodevelopmental outcome: a systematic review

Review published: 2014.

Bibliographic details: Plaisier A, Govaert P, Lequin MH, Dudink J.  Optimal timing of cerebral MRI in preterm infants to predict long-term neurodevelopmental outcome: a systematic review. American Journal of Neuroradiology 2014; 35(5): 841-847. [PubMed: 23639558]

Abstract

SUMMARY: Advances in neonatal neuroimaging have improved detection of preterm brain injury responsible for abnormal neuromotor and cognitive development. Increasingly sophisticated MR imaging setups allow scanning during early preterm life. In this review, we investigated how brain MR imaging in preterm infants should be timed to best predict long-term outcome. Given the strong evidence that structural brain abnormalities are related to long-term neurodevelopment, MR imaging should preferably be performed at term-equivalent age. Early MR imaging is promising because it can guide early intervention studies and is indispensable in research on preterm brain injury.

© 2014 by American Journal of Neuroradiology.

CRD has determined that this article meets the DARE scientific quality criteria for a systematic review.

Copyright © 2014 University of York.

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