Supported by a $1.6 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Hyperfine, a global imaging manufacturer, is initiating a global research program that will investigate how well portable magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) identifies labor-related hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) in infants born in low-resource countries. Over the next two years, ten Hyperfine Swoop Portable MR Imaging Systems will be sent to areas where birth-related brain injuries and malnutrition are common, and ten will be used at leadership sites to extrapolate data and authorize protocols for the program.
The Swoop system is designed to make MRI accessible anytime, anywhere—particularly when time is critical. The availability of this technology in limited resource areas could enable rapid identification of HIE.
Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE), is a brain injury caused by a lack of oxygen or blood flow to the brain during labor or delivery. A newborn who suffers from a hypoxic-ischemic injury may show signs immediately after birth such as:
Newborns with severe hypoxic-ischemic injury may later be diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
If you believe your child has suffered a Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) injury, our birth injury lawyers may be able to help you. Call us at (877) 262-9767 or fill out our online contact form to discuss your situation. We handle cases nationwide and have offices conveniently located in Chicago, New York and Wilmington, DE.