quantusFLM is a non-invasive, fast and easy-to-use Fetal Lung Maturity test based on the analysis of an image of the fetal lungs obtained by ultrasound. Simply using a 4-chamber-view fetal ultrasound, quantusFLM is able to provide an accurate result of baby’s lung maturity in a few minutes.
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Comparison between the accuracy of quantusFLM and other available commercial Fetal Lung Maturity tests.
THE CLINICAL NEED
Information about fetal lung maturity may be of help to assess the decision of delivering when the balance between the risk of Neonatal Respiratory Morbidity and the fetal or maternal risk to prolong pregnancy is not clear.
Maternal or fetal conditions such as moderate preeclampsia, cholestasis or growth restriction may need to plan delivery before the spontaneous labor occurs. Although Neonatal Respiratory Morbidity is much more frequent in early preterm babies, it also occurs in late preterm babies (>34 weeks) and even in early term newborns.
For that reason, reference associations like ACOG recommend that obstetricians confirm fetal pulmonary maturity prior to elective delivery with less than 39 weeks gestation. That information, directly related with the risk of Neonatal Respiratory Morbidity, is advisable in order to plan place and time of delivery together with the neonatologists.
THE CURRENT PROBLEM
Preterm Birth Rate is increasing year by year in developed countries and Neonatal Respiratory Morbidity remains as the leading problem in preterm babies despite prenatal and postnatal treatments.
Current tests for the assessment of Fetal Lung Maturity (FLM) require an amniocentesis, which limits their practice due to the associated risks and discomfort.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
quantusFLM works as a web application. Basically, you can carry out the Fetal Lung Maturity test following three simple steps:
1. Acquire an ultrasound image. quantusFLM requires a conventional semi-lateral axial section at the level of the cardiac 4- chambers view of the fetal thorax in DICOM format. This is a typical plane for fetal heart exploration. A clear guideline on how to acquire the optimal image is available in the quantusFLM web application.
2. Use quantusFLM web application to analyze the image. quantusFLM web application is a simple tool that allows you to send to the system the image you want to analyze. To this purpose, you just need to follow four simple steps: Upload, Select, Label and Send the image to our servers for processing.
3. Get the results from the web application in less than two hours. You will be notified via e-mail once the results are available online.