Assessment of brain injury using portable, low-field MRI at the bedside of critically ill patients

By Sheth KN, Mazurek MH, Yuen MM, et al
Published September 8, 2020

Key Takeaways

Researchers conducted an assessment of brain injury in critically ill patients in intensive care unit settings, applying a portable, low-field MRI device at the bedside. A prospective, single-center cohort study was conducted to include 50 patients who admitted to the neuroscience or coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) intensive care units at Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut, from October 30, 2019, to May 20, 2020. They ascertained the diagnosis of COVID-19 by positive severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 polymerase chain reaction nasopharyngeal swab result. They conducted point-of-care MRI examinations on 50 patients (16 women [32%]; mean [SD] age, 59 [12] years [range, 20-89 years]). This single-center series of individuals with critical illness in an intensive care setting highlighted the utility of low-field, portable MRI. The data illustrate the potential role of portable MRI to obtain neuroimaging in complex clinical care settings.

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