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Benefits

Potential Uses and Benefits

Accurate diagnosis of and prediction of true labor will allow practitioners to start treatment early in patients with true labor and avert unnecessary treatment and hospitalization for patients who are having contractions, but who are not in true labor. This facilitates treatment contributing to the management of labor, thereby improving the survival rate of babies and reducing the cost of births to our healthcare system.

Clinical Condition  Clinical Use  Potential Benefits 
Early Labor Differentiate between false and true labor Prevent Unnecessary admissions
Contractions Determine need for tocolysis Prevent unnecessary use of tocolytics and decrease cost
Cervical Incompetence Rule out the presence of subclinical uterine electrical activity Better define candidates for post-cerclage tocolysis
Better understanding of etiologies
Induction of Labor Predict success of induction More objective and accurate analysis of uterine activity Prevent unnecessary prolonged inductions
Augmentation of Labor More objective and accurate analysis of uterine activity Better way to monitor and adjust oxytocin infusion Decrease number of cesarean sections due to inappropriate use of oxyctocin
Failure to Progress More objective and accurate analysis of uterine activity Determine if abnormal uterine activity is the cause Decrease numbers of cesarean sections due to inappropriate use of oxytocin
Tocolysis Predict success of tocolysis
More objective and accurate analysis of uterine activity Improved method to monitor and adjust tocolytic therapy
Prevent complications from tocolytics Decrease time on tocolytics
Research Use – Non invasive in vivo measurements
Potential Benefits
No interference from surgical procedures or implantable devices
Continuous measurements over time in the same patient
Define the mechanisms, which regulate uterine and cervical function during labor
Study different treatments to induce, augment or inhibit these mechanisms
Clinical Condition Clinical Use Potential Benefits
Antepartum Predict preterm delivery Prevent preterm delivery and improve perinatal income
Early Labor Differentiate between false and true labor Prevent Unnecessary admissions
Preterm Contractions Determine need for tocolysis Prevent unnecessary use of tocolytics and decrease cost
Cervical Incompetence Rule out the presence of subclinical uterine electrical activity

Detect abnormalities in cervical collagen content

Better define candidates for post-cerclage tocolysis

Better understanding of etiologies

More objective measure of cervical change

Induction of Labor Predict success of induction

Predict need for cervical ripening and determine whether ripening is needed

Prevent unnecessary prolonged inductions
Tocolysis Predict success of tocolysis

More objective and accurate analysis of uterine activity

Improved method to monitor and adjust tocolytic therapy

Prevent complications from tocolytics
Decrease time on tocolytics
Noninvasive, in vivo measurements No interference from surgical procedures or implantable devices

Continuous measurements over time in the same animal.

Define the mechanisms that regulate uterine and cervical function in term and preterm labor

Study different treatments to induce, augment, or inhibit these mechanisms