Program seeks Council approval for an initiative titled “Non-invasive Diagnostics to Improve Gynecologic Health.”
The gynecologic disorders of uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and adenomyosis are highly prevalent, can severely impact quality of life, and carry a high financial burden. Considerable limitations and challenges persist in the diagnosis of these gynecologic disorders, including the ability to distinguish between benign and malignant conditions, resulting in inaccurate or delayed diagnoses.
The goal of this initiative is to support the development of new or improved non-invasive tools and devices for the diagnosis of endometriosis, adenomyosis, and uterine fibroids. These approaches will focus on sensitivity, accuracy, accessibility, convenience, and cost-effectiveness and will decrease the delay in diagnosis of these conditions, thereby limiting patient suffering and socioeconomic burdens.
This proposed concept aligns with the Reproduction area of the NICHD Vision Statement and the GHDB research priority on “non-invasive diagnostic and assessment tools”.
Gynecologic Health and Disease Branch
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