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Assessing cardiac and neurological maturation during the intrauterine period.
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PMID:  18652925     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The world's first magnetoencephalography (MEG) system specifically designed for fetal and newborn assessment has been installed at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. This noninvasive system called SARA (SQUID Array for Reproductive Assessment) consists of 151 primary superconducting sensors that detect biomagnetic fields from the human body. Since the installation of SARA, significant progress has been made toward the ultimate goal of developing a clinical neurological assessment tool for the developing fetus. Using appropriate analysis techniques, cardiac and brain signals are recorded and studied to gain new understanding of fetal maturation. It is clear from our investigations that a combination of assessment protocols including both fetal heart and brain activity is necessary for the development of a comprehensive new method of fetal neurological testing. We plan to implement such a test protocol for fetuses at high risk for neurological impairment due to certain maternal risk factors and/or fetal diagnostic findings.
Curtis L Lowery; R B Govindan; Pamela Murphy; Hari Eswaran
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Seminars in perinatology     Volume:  32     ISSN:  0146-0005     ISO Abbreviation:  Semin. Perinatol.     Publication Date:  2008 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-07-25     Completed Date:  2008-12-11     Revised Date:  2013-06-05    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7801132     Medline TA:  Semin Perinatol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  263-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR 72205, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Brain / embryology*
Fetal Development*
Heart Rate, Fetal*
Infant, Newborn
Middle Aged
Pregnancy, High-Risk
Grant Support
R01 NS036277-07/NS/NINDS NIH HHS

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