CYRIL shines a light on the brains of newborn babies

A research team at UCL has developed CYRIL, a new tool that non-invasively monitors brain tissue physiology in newborn babies to help doctors make more informed clinical decisions.


Monitoring a baby with CYRIL – Photo Credit: The Engineer

The compact broadband near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) system has been developed by UCL’s Multimodal-Spectroscopy (MMS Group) team.

The portable device, which is small enough for use in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) and accident and emergency (A&E) rooms, is currently being used in preclinical studies and in clinical studies in the neonatal unit at University College London Hospital (UCLH).

During birth, disruptions in blood and oxygen supply to a baby’s brain can stop it from working properly. This can lead to an acute injury to the developing brain, and can ultimately lead to significant disability and death. While many babies make a partial to full recovery, some will develop cerebral palsy or behavioural problems.

Detecting and monitoring newborn brain function following such disruption is vital for doctors if they are to understand the effects of the injury and neurodevelopmental outcomes for the baby.

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November 17, 2017



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