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Study Links Fetal Fibronectin Testing with Changes in Management Decisions for Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Women at Risk for Preterm Birth
Date:8/19/2009

BEDFORD, Mass., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hologic, Inc. (Nasdaq: HOLX), a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of premium diagnostics, medical imaging systems and surgical products dedicated to serving the healthcare needs of women, today announced the publication of the first of its kind study evaluating the impact of fetal fibronectin (fFN) testing among both symptomatic and asymptomatic pregnant women at risk for preterm birth. The study, "Does fetal fibronectin testing change patient management in women at risk of preterm labour?" by researchers at King's College, London, England appears in the on-line version of the European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology.

The study conducted at the Maternal and Fetal Research Unit at St. Thomas' Hospital in London included nearly 100 clinically symptomatic and asymptomatic patients between 23 and 34 weeks gestation. After using the fFN test in both populations, clinicians were asked to determine if the results from the test changed the medical management of their patients. Clinician responses indicated that fFN testing had the potential to change management in nearly 90 percent of cases. The study concluded that fFN testing has the potential to improve risk assessment and impact treatm
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