Quantitative Analysis of Neonatal EEG
Seizures or ‘fits’ are often the first sign of brain injury in babies and require urgent treatment. Unfortunately because of the immaturity of the newborn brain, these seizures are often difficult to identify. The development of a highly specific, automated newborn brain injury detection system that is easy to operate, simple to interpret and reliable is the focus of our research group at UCC. By incorporating the accurate identification of these babies with brain injury using sophisticated bedside EEG systems, advanced MR imaging techniques and careful neurological assessment, we hope to learn what these changes on EEG and MRI mean for the long term development of the baby. Such information assists in providing prognostic information for families and supporting ‘at risk’ babies from the outset which will optimise their growth and development.