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Published on Oct 22, 2010
UCC's Office of Technology Transfer (http://www.ucc.ie/research/techtransfer/) presents an invention which allows the Detection of Neonatal and Adult Seizures in Real-time using the Electroencephalogram (EEG)
Neurophysiological monitoring of brain function is required for many newborn babies in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). This mostly involves electroencephalography (EEG), carried out by trained technologists. Interpretation of these recordings must be carried out by neurophysiologists who are expert in neonatal EEG analysis. The NICUs in Ireland are widely dispersed and the vast majority have no access to this expertise currently. This deficit will not improve significantly in the foreseeable future. In light of this, the question addressed is: can a technological solution to this problem be provided?
We have developed a technology, called the Neonatal Seizure Detection Algorithm, which detects seizures in babies who have had a difficult time at birth. We have developed an automated way of detecting seizures in newborn babies. A future development of our technology is a project called the Babylink Project, and that will allow us to remotely monitor babies in Intensive Care Units.
This technology will enable a neurophysiologist to interpret, and report on, EEGs in these babies promptly from a remote site. This would allow several NICUs to have access to the same diagnostic service. It would also allow optimal utilisation of a neurophysiologist's time, a very limited resource in Ireland.
We are aware that similar solutions have been developed that depend on dedicated high bandwidth point-to-point links between hospitals. However, this does not solve the general case where available bandwidth is limited. We propose a novel solution, in collaboration with the Boole Centre for Research in Informatics, that allows patient data to be streamed from the bedside to the expert regardless of their physical location.
For more information on this technology, and on the Babylink project, please click on the link below: