AWI: STW project MIFFY approved

Nieuws - 16 november 2016

Title: "Monitoring infant brain perfusion by trans-fontanel echography" (MIFFY).
One in ten children is born prematurely, which amounts to approximately 500,000 preterm infants in Europe each year. Thanks to improvements in fetal and neonatal care, the survival rate in preterm infants has been significantly improved.

Yet, they regularly show neurodevelopmental problems, including cognitive deficits, motor disabilities and psychiatric diseases with ensuing lifelong burdens for the up-growing individuals and their families. A major cause of these neurodevelopmental problems is brain injury, linked to inadequate brain perfusion during and after delivery.

In this project we will develop a light-weight, low-power monitoring device that uses 3D ultrasound to assess brain perfusion every 10 minutes through the baby’s fontanel. On a workstation, nurses and doctors can monitor the resulting images and provide timely and guided treatment if required.

Composition of the research group

  • Erasmus MC - Rotterdam, Thoraxcenter: Prof. dr. ir. N. de Jong, Dr. J. Dudink, Dr. ir. J.G. Bosch, Dr. ir. H.J. Vos, Prof. dr. ir. A.F.W. van der Steen
  • Delft University of Technology. Electronic Instrumentation Laboratory: Dr. ir. M.A.P. Pertijs and Laboratory of Acoustical Wavefield imaging: Prof. dr. ir. N. de Jong, and Dr. ir. M.D. Verweij