Period probe

Published: Sunday 31 December 1995

Every month countless women suffer abdominal pain caused due to the menstrual cycle. Nigel Cronin at the University of Bath, UK, has developed a microwave probe to treat this problem. The probe, inserted into the uterus, sends out heat producing microwaves of 3.3 cm wavelengths which destroy only the endometrium lining of the uterus shed during menstruation. The probe takes less than three minutes to complete its task and the lining is shed out over the next few days. Microsulis, a company in Portsmouth, hopes to start marketing the probe early next year on behalf of the University of Bath (New Scientist, Vol 148, No 2000).

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