Novel device to trend impedance and fluorescence of the cervix for preterm birth detection
- Author(s): Etemadi, M
- Chung, P
- Heller, JA
- Liu, J
- Grossman-Kahn, R
- Rand, L
- Roy, S
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1109/EMBC.2013.6609466
Preterm birth is the leading cause of worldwide neonatal mortality. It follows a pathologically accelerated form of the normal processes that govern cervical softening and dilation. Softening and dilation occur due to changes in cervical collagen crosslinking, which can be measured non-invasively by changes in tissue fluorescence and impedance. We present a novel device designed specifically to take fluorescence and impedance measurements throughout pregnancy, with the end goal of fusing and trending these measurements to form an early diagnosis of preterm labor. © 2013 IEEE.
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