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Utility of CT-compatible EEG electrodes in critically ill children.

Research paper by Nicholas S NS Abend, Dennis J DJ Dlugos, Xiaowei X Zhu, Erin S ES Schwartz

Indexed on: 02 Nov '14Published on: 02 Nov '14Published in: Pediatric Radiology



Abstract

Electroencephalographic monitoring is being used with increasing frequency in critically ill children who may require frequent and sometimes urgent brain CT scans. Standard metallic disk EEG electrodes commonly produce substantial imaging artifact, and they must be removed and later reapplied when CT scans are indicated.To determine whether conductive plastic electrodes caused artifact that limited CT interpretation.We describe a retrospective cohort of 13 consecutive critically ill children who underwent 17 CT scans with conductive plastic electrodes during 1 year. CT images were evaluated by a pediatric neuroradiologist for artifact presence, type and severity.All CT scans had excellent quality images without artifact that impaired CT interpretation except for one scan in which improper wire placement resulted in artifact.Conductive plastic electrodes do not cause artifact limiting CT scan interpretation and may be used in critically ill children to permit concurrent electroencephalographic monitoring and CT imaging.