Current Women`s Health Reviews

John Yeh  
Harvard Medical School 
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA


Uterine EMG and Cervical LIF - Promising Technologies in Obstetrics

Author(s): Robert E. Garfield, William L. Maner, Leili Shi, Shao Q. Shi, George R. Saade.


No current objective measures exist to determine uterine or cervical function during pregnancy, or to accurately predict term or preterm labor and delivery. Uterine electromyography (EMG) and cervical light-induced fluorescence (LIF) studies were performed in term and pre-term animals and humans to evaluate the state and function of the uterus and cervix, and to determine the predictive capability of measurements made using these new technologies. Both uterine EMG and cervical LIF produced high positive and negative predictive values, compared to other currently-used methods. Uterine EMG and cervical LIF show great promise as diagnostic tests during pregnancy and for patient monitoring in obstetrics.

Keywords: Uterus, EMG, cervix, LIF, labor, parturition

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Article Details

Year: 2006
Page: [207 - 221]
Pages: 15
DOI: 10.2174/157340406778018865
Price: $58