Navigation Links
New tool tracks brain development in babies

Researchers have used a new technique to monitor brain development in infants and detect disturbances in white matter, according to a study in the July issue of Radiology.

Carola van Pul, Ph.D., and colleagues from Máxima Medical Center in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, studied seven normal infants and 10 infants with perinatal hypoxic ischemia, a type of brain injury caused by a period of oxygen and nutrient deficiency, usually as a result of complications during delivery. Hypoxic ischemic injury can result in severe motor problems.

"The pattern and extent of the brain injury largely determine the neurological and developmental consequences for the newborn," Dr. van Pul said. "The detection of injury at an early stage is essential for the development of strategies to limit permanent brain damage and to improve prognosis."

The researchers used 'diffusion tensor' magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which depicts the diffusion, or displacement, of water molecules through tissue. Ischemia results in tissue changes that are visible with diffusion tensor imaging at least two to three hours before they can be seen on conventional MRI. The team then applied fiber tracking to construct a 3-D visualization of the brain's white matter tracts based on the diffusion tensor images. The procedure was repeated after three months to monitor the development of the injured regions. This is the first time a group of newborns has been evaluated with fiber tracking at birth and at three months.

At birth, fiber tracking showed a different fiber pattern in eight of the 10 neonates with ischemia, compared to the images obtained from the normal infants. The fiber pattern of the brain's white matter was disturbed in several areas of the brain, including the corpus callosum, which allows communication between the two hemispheres of the brain, and, most significantly, the corona radiata, which is associated with finely coordinated movement. Six of the 10 infants conti nued to exhibit disturbed fiber patterns at follow-up. All of the infants who had disturbed patterns in the corona radiata at three months had major motor problems.

"Minor white matter abnormalities seen with fiber tracking tended to resolve at three months, while marked changes persisted," Dr. van Pul said. "Further investigation is needed to determine whether the detected fiber abnormalities ultimately correlate with outcomes."

Hypoxic ischemia remains an important cause of infant mortality and morbidity, with an incidence of between one and two per 1,000 live births in the United States.


'"/>

Source:Radiological Society of North America


Related biology news :

1. Protein offers way to stop microscopic parasites in their tracks
2. Stopping smallpox in its tracks: A new anti-viral approach
3. Venom doc tracks down snake bioweapons
4. MERIS monitoring tracks planetary photosynthesis levels
5. U. of Colorado researcher identifies tracks of swimming dinosaur in Wyoming
6. Magnetic probe successfully tracks implanted cells in cancer patients
7. Research tracks whales by listening to sounds
8. Precision biochemistry tracks DNA damage in fish
9. Ghost protein leaves fresh tracks in the cell
10. New study aims to stop sepsis in its tracks
11. New imaging technique tracks traffic patterns of white blood cells
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:4/13/2017)... UBM,s Advanced Design and Manufacturing event in ... and evolving technology through its 3D Printing and Smart ... the expo portion of the event and feature a ... on trending topics within 3D printing and smart manufacturing. ... will take place June 13-15, 2017 at the Jacob K. ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... Apr. 11, 2017 Research and Markets has ... report to their offering. ... The global eye tracking market to grow at a CAGR of ... Eye Tracking Market 2017-2021, has been prepared based on an in-depth ... market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The ...
(Date:4/6/2017)... 2017 Forecasts by Product Type ... by End-Use (Transportation & Logistics, Government & Public Sector, ... Fossil Generation Facility, Nuclear Power), Industrial, Retail, Business Organisation ... Are you looking for a definitive report on the ... ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:4/28/2017)... , ... April 28, 2017 , ... Cynvenio Biosystems, ... launch of a new neoadjuvant breast cancer monitoring (NEAT) study in partnership with Allentown, ... centers and over 150 patients to be monitored over two years with Cynvenio’s ClearID ...
(Date:4/27/2017)... ... April 27, 2017 , ... Oncolinx, a spin-out of the ... has truly taken their cancer research out of this world. On April 22, ... Canaveral to the International Space Station’s (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory, managed by the ...
(Date:4/27/2017)... ... April 27, 2017 , ... Arrowhead Publishers is pleased ... is coming to San Diego, CA on September 27-28, 2017. Leaders from the ... latest advances in the treatment of various types of pain. There are also ...
(Date:4/27/2017)... ... April 27, 2017 , ... ... joined other scientists, researchers, engineers, and industry professionals in visiting U.S. Congressional offices ... to compete in the world photonics industry. , This year, National Photonics ...
Breaking Biology Technology: