UCLAN AND RINICARE Ltd TO DEVELOP new NON-INVASIVE IMAGING METHOD for MOTHERS AND BABIES.
EXCITING New technology project aims to IMPROVE OUTCOMES FOR MOTHERS AND BABIES
Researchers from the ReaCH Unit (Research in Childbirth and Health Unit) in collaboration with Rinicare Ltd, a healthcare technology company based in Lancaster, announce the start of a new Innovate UK-funded feasibility project. For the first time in the world, the work will develop analytical software to interpret completely non-invasive, very low cost, real-time thermal images of the fetus in pregnancy and labour. Maternity teams around the world could use this software and data to understand and support normal pregnancy and birth, and, possibly, to reduce the over-use of potentially harmful and expensive interventions such as induction or acceleration of labour, when the baby is actually healthy. The feasibility study will collect thermal images and develop software to visualise and study fetal activity and wellbeing. The research team will explore the acceptability of this technology to women and maternity care staff in preparation for a larger study.
The project will run for 9 months.