Early MRI Scans Can Predict Motor Development Risks for Preterm Infants
[Source: Medical X-Press]
As many as 70% of very premature infants (born earlier than 32 weeks gestation) show signs of white matter abnormalities at birth. But only some of those infants go on to develop cognitive, language, motor, or behavioral disorders as they grow.
Now, scientists say a new software tool can employ MRI scan data to predict which infants are most at risk of these brain developmental issues. The tool’s latest milestone—predicting the risk of motor development disorders (e.g. cerebral palsy) —were detailed online Sept. 28, 2020, in Scientific Reports.
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