Published: 20 December 2016 at 11:00
New technology will use EMG signals to assess uterine activity during pregnancyNew technology which aims to save lives of premature babies by predicting when they might arrive will be jointly investigated by Anglia Ruskin University and international collaborators thanks to a US$400k (approximately £320k) grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to the Beijing University of Technology.
“Unsatisfactory and inaccurate prediction and diagnosis of preterm labour is an immense clinical challenge to doctors. The reported measurement techniques or devices for predicting preterm labour are either operator-dependent or suffer from an inherent lack of accuracy.
“Guidelines of ‘Management of Preterm Labour’ from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have reviewed these techniques, and concluded that there is currently no reliable preterm prediction technique for routine clinical practice.
“Therefore, there is an urgent clinical need to develop alternatives which can improve diagnosis and achieve satisfactory accuracy for routine clinical use. This requires challenging engineering research before any new techniques can be proposed.
“Our proposal will tackle this problem, which aligns with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s new initiative ‘All Children Thriving’ to help mothers and children thrive in the developing world by ensuring a healthy birth for both mother and child.”