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  A ‘smart diaphragm’ to detect pre-term labor

 

Narrator:       This is Science Today. Early next year, a prototype for a ‘smart' diaphragm that can monitor the condition of a pregnant woman's cervix to detect pre-term labor will be tested in clinical trial. Bioengineer Shuvo Roy of the University of California, San Francisco, is co-leader of the multidisciplinary team that developed the device.

Roy:               It has electrodes that measure electrical characteristics of the cervix and optical sensors that also monitor the optical density of the cervix as a function of pregnancy. That data is then transmitted to the physician through a Bluetooth interface that connects to the wireless cloud and the physician can look at the data.

Narrator:       Roy says they've already tested the technology in a human volunteer to prove the concept works. The device is the outcome of an FDA-funded collaboration to invent medical devices to benefit children's health.

Narrator:       This illustrates to me, what the power of bringing everybody together is. People who are not only scientists, but also physicians who know what the clinical problem is and the engineers that can make this happen.

Narrator:       For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.