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Boston Children's Neurocritical Care Program is dedicated to scientific research with the potential to greatly improve brain recovery in seriously ill and injured children.
We are currently studying several areas, including:
We are also taking part in national and international studies of traumatic brain injury, and are collaborating with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on signal processing and computational physiology efforts.
Boston Children’s Neurocritical Care Program uses the most advanced tools and technologies available, including:
Computed Tomography (CT) imaging of the brain, which can be performed right at the bedside
a powerful 3 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner located right by the ICU, allowing patients to undergo the test without being moved to another part of the hospital
intensive neuromonitoring, a combination of techniques to track the different functions of a child's brain
The program also plans to make significant additions in the future, including the introduction of:
near-infrared spectroscopy, a highly effective and non-invasive way to capture images of brain functions
signal-processed electroencephalogram (EEG) monitoring, a sophisticated tool for measuring brain activity
transcranial Doppler, a special test that assesses the rate of blood flow through a child's brain
non-invasive hemodynamic monitoring, the continuous measurement of how a child's heart and lungs are working
integrative physiology, an approach to examining how both external and internal factors affect the body
The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”