Nathan Stevenson, University College Cork
“Seizure Detection in the Newborn”
The presences of seizures in the newborn are a clear sign of central nervous system dysfunction. The diagnosis or detection of the presence of seizures is, therefore, an important clinical problem. Currently, the most effective tool for determining seizures is the EEG as clinical manifestations of seizure are typically suppressed in the newborn. The interpretation of the EEG is, however, difficult, and can only be performed by highly trained personnel who are not always accessible to the clinician. This has provided an opportunity for automated methods to be applied to EEG analysis. This presentation begins by detailing the signal characteristics of the seizure and nonseizure waveforms seen in newborn EEG, outlines several methods that have been proposed for detecting seizure (including the latest algorithm developed here at the University College Cork) and discusses the ramifications of applying automated decision making to a clinical setting.