A simple white matter injury imaging rule predicts developmental outcomes in preterm neonates

Takeaway

  • A simple MRI imaging rule of white matter injury (WMI) location in preterm infants can predict preschool age cognitive and motor outcomes.

Why this matters

    Up to 50% of very preterm neonates have WMI; classifying WMI by lesion location can predict cognitive and motor outcomes among preterm children. This rule can be easily applied by clinicians when evaluating WMI identified on early MRI in babies born preterm.