Study in Pediatrics uses VON data

A newly published study in Pediatrics based on data in the Vermont Oxford Network Neonatal Encephalopathy Registry identified important quality improvement goals and potentially better practices in brain imaging for infants with encephalopathy.

The study, Neuroimaging in the Evaluation of Neonatal Encephalopathy, identifies critical gaps in the implementation of optimal neuroimaging methods in defining the nature of brain injury in encephalopathy. Evaluating the diagnostic performance of CT and recognizing the increased risk in radiation exposure to infants, the study offers the evidence-based conclusion that using cranial ultrasound for screening, followed by MRI, would be more appropriate than CT at any stage to evaluate infants with neonatal encephalopathy.

Preliminary data on neuroimaging in the Neonatal Encephalopathy Registry was also included in Neonatal Encephalopathy and Neurologic Outcome, Second Edition, published by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and American Academy of Pediatrics.

The neuroimaging study demonstrates the power of collaboration as VON members work together toward our shared vision of providing all newborns and their families with the best possible and ever improving medical care.