• Rationale and Comments

    Findings on term-equivalent MRI correlate with neurodevelopmental outcomes at discharge and at 2 and 5 years of age. There is, however, insufficient evidence that the routine use of term-equivalent or discharge screening brain MRIs in preterm infants improves long-term outcome.

    Sponsoring Organizations

    • American Academy of Pediatrics - Section on Perinatal Pediatrics


    • Expert consensus


    • Neonatology
    • Neurologic


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