COMPARATIVE STUDY
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL

Improved transcutaneous bilirubinometry: comparison of SpectR(X) BiliCheck and Minolta Jaundice Meter JM-102 for estimating total serum bilirubin in a normal newborn population

Alex Robertson, Steve Kazmierczak, Paul Vos
Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association 2002, 22 (1): 12-4
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OBJECTIVE: To compare a new transcutaneous bilirubinometer, which uses multiple wavelength analysis of reflectance data (BiliCheck system), and the commonly used two-wavelength bilirubinometer (Jaundice Meter JM-102) to estimate serum bilirubin.

STUDY DESIGN: Jaundiced newborn term infants (101 babies) had transcutaneous bilirubinometry (TCB) using each bilirubinometer, a determination of skin color using a skin color chart, and a total serum bilirubin determination.

RESULTS: The variability of the BiliCheck system was less than the variability of the Jaundice Meter JM-102. The accuracy of the BiliCheck system was not affected by skin color, whereas the Jaundice Meter JM-102 was affected.

CONCLUSION: Multiple wavelength analysis, as used in the BiliCheck system, is a significant improvement in TCB.

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