MIR Collaborates on Novel Uterine Contraction Imaging System

A pregnant woman sits on an exam table and holds her belly

Researchers at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) collaborated with Washington University colleagues to develop a novel 3D imaging system to monitor uterine contractions. 

The project — led by Yong Wang, PhD, an associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology — received $6.8 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  

The electromyometrial imaging system, EMMI, measures the electrical activity of a patient’s uterine contractions during labor to help determine potential problems during the menstrual cycle, pregnancy and labor. Wang hopes EMMI can help physicians identify practices to monitor labor status, prevent preterm births and safeguard women’s health. 

Read more on the School of Medicine’s website.