How ultrasound is being used to detect brain swelling in children
Various viruses and other illness cause swelling in the brain. Intra cranial swelling must be identified as soon as possible to avoid brain damage. The problem with MRI and CAT scan equipment is it is expensive and only available in specialised centres or private hospitals. And the waiting lists for an MRI in the public health care system are long. Babies and children who are taken to clinics and day hospitals with illnesses that may give rise to brain swelling are often not diagnosed in time. By the time they end up being sent to Red Cross Children’s Hospital’s Paediatric neurology unit, says Paediatric neurosurgeon Dr Llewellyn Padayachy, its far too late.
So he has come up with a new idea to modify and improve the widely available ultrasound machine. He has collaborated with Swedish engineers to improve the technology so that brain swelling can be detected much earlier. Ultrasound machines are available in just about every day hospital and clinic. He hopes that it will be as accessible and easy for any nurse to use in clinics all over the country, like taking a temperature. And the result will be earlier diagnosing and far better outcomes.
Click below to hear Barbara Friedman unpack the story...
Philasande Dladla, the first child on the continent to undergo a lifesaving operation, receiving a Heartware Valve Assist Device.Read More
Hear about a truly groundbreaking - and life changing - treatment that kills fibroids, with minimal invasion.Read More
For decades the world focused on donor heart transplants as the solution for a failing heart. That was until the HVAD came along!Read More
How the Gynecology and Obstetrics unit at Tygerberg Hospital is offering affordable IVF to couples.Read More
How SA's Bone Marrow Registry's ‘military style’ operation gets bone marrow from donor to patient in the crucial 72 hour window.Read More
The partner of a young man who received the first donor penis soon fell pregnant and their got their first child.Read More
Learn about a groundbreaking procedure from the Cape giving prostate cancer sufferers renewed hope.Read More
A horrific accident sliced off a large part of a Cape Town man’s hand, leaving him with only one finger. Enter Dr Nick Kairinos...Read More
Premature babies born sub 25 weeks are known as micro prems. Dr. Ricky Dipenaar specialises in the care of these tiny babies.Read More
The story of a high tech ‘airbag’ that shuts off insulin delivery in diabetic children, thereby preventing hypo-glycemic shock.Read More