Varsha Jain1, Erin Buckley2, Jennifer Lynch2, Peter Schwab2, Maryam Naim2, Susan Nicolson2, Lisa Montenegro2, Daniel Licht2, Felix Wehrli1
1University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, United States; 2Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, United States
Periventricular leukomalacia, a type of hypoxic ischemic injury, is the most common cerebral pathology observed in neonates with congenital heart defects. Measurement of hemodynamic and metabolic parameters in this population can provide additional insights into the mechanism of injury. In this study we utilized a previously described non-invasive Magnetic Resonance method that can measure global bi-hemispheric cerebral venous oxygen saturation and cerebral blood flow simultaneously and correlated the measurements with more clinically widespread optical measurements. Additionally, our results illustrate the potential of using preoperative hemodynamic measurements as predictors of postoperative injury.