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The Actifetus system: a multidoppler sensor system for monitoring fetal movements.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17276580     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Fetal heart rate (FHR) monitoring is a crucial part of monitoring at-risk pregnancies and labor. Its aim is to detect any abnormalities that might indicate acute fetal distress and a need for rapid treatment to avoid death or serious sequelae, including cerebral handicap. The use of fetal biophysical profiles in high-risk pregnancies (gravidic hypertension, in utero infection, etc.) helps to distinguish healthy fetuses from those with chronic conditions. Fetal biophysical profile scores have been developed that integrate five biophysical parameters, one of which is derived from the FHR. The major parameters detected are the rate of fetal movements, fetal tone, fetal breathing movement and amniotic fluid volume. All of those parameters except FHR are obtained by prolonged echographic observation and cannot be used routinely. We developed in this study a new multigate multitransducer pulsed Doppler system for survey of fetal behavior. Fast Fourier transform and autocorrelation function have been used for processing and analyzing ultrasonic Doppler signals generated by fetal movements. Several parameters are analyzed in each of the 12 x 5 = 60 Doppler gates: amplitude of signals reflected by moving fetal structures, velocity, direction and amplitude of displacement of fetal structure (heart, chest, limbs). From these parameters it is possible to calculate FHR and characterize fetal activity. Preliminary in vivo results obtained in 15 pregnant women (30 to 36 wk) are very encouraging but they have yet to be confirmed in future studies. These results also demonstrate the advantages of transducers designed for improved fetal movement detection. The algorithms needs to be precise enough to allow the Actifetus system to function in real time. We now have at our disposal some algorithms that succeed in quantifying FHR and fetal movements with a signal from a given sensor at a given depth. This study confirms the feasibility of monitoring fetal movements by the Actifetus system and demonstrates the importance of the characterization of fetal rhythms (and fetal behavior). The Actifetus system will serve as a new mean for studying fetal response to environment and detecting anomalies related to fetal suffering.
A Kribèche; F Tranquart; D Kouame; L Pourcelot
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ultrasound in medicine & biology     Volume:  33     ISSN:  0301-5629     ISO Abbreviation:  Ultrasound Med Biol     Publication Date:  2007 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-02-26     Completed Date:  2007-07-17     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0410553     Medline TA:  Ultrasound Med Biol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  430-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
INSERM U619, CHRU Bretonneau, Tours, France.
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MeSH Terms
Echocardiography, Doppler / instrumentation,  methods
Equipment Design
Fetal Monitoring / instrumentation*,  methods
Fetal Movement / physiology*
Fourier Analysis
Heart Rate, Fetal / physiology
Image Processing, Computer-Assisted / instrumentation,  methods
Signal Processing, Computer-Assisted / instrumentation
Ultrasonography, Doppler / instrumentation*,  methods
Ultrasonography, Prenatal / instrumentation*,  methods

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