SARA/Fetal MEG Research Center
Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) Array for Reproductive Assessment (SARA)
Developed with significant support from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, SARA is a unique scanning device developed at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) that can detect fetal brain activity in response to flashes of light transmitted through the mother's abdomen. With refinement, their technique may help physicians detect and prevent fetal brain damage resulting from maternal hypertension, diabetes and other conditions.
The UAMS device uses fetal magnetoencephalography (MEG) to detect minute magnetic field fluctuations in the fetus. During the examination, the pregnant woman sits against a concave shield that covers her abdomen. More than 100 sensors obtain three-dimensional data from the fetus and the uterus – without employing needles or any other invasive instruments. It is the first instrument for simultaneous recording of multiple physiologic signals from a woman’s uterus. MEG technology has been in use for 30 years for adult brain scans, but UAMS is the first medical center to adapt the technology for fetuses.
For more information please view our pages on SARA, Publications and our Research Team.
Center for Vulvar Disorders
The Center for Vulvar Disorders opened its doors in August of 2009. The Center is a multi-disciplinary project working to develop care management for each woman’s individual need. Our team approach is to provide the best care possible to patients who are battling a vulvar condition that has been proven to be unusual, resistant and chronic in nature. Disciplines involved include:
Please visit the Center for Vulvar Disorders web page for more information.
- Sexual Health
- Dermatology/Skin Disorders
- Pain management
- Physical Therapy
- Behavioral Health