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Comparison of doppler ultrasound and direct electrocardiography acquisition techniques for quantification of fetal heart rate variability.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16686408     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A method for comparison of two acquisition techniques that are applied in clinical practice to provide information on fetal condition is presented. The aim of this work was to evaluate the commonly used Doppler ultrasound technique for monitoring of mechanical activity of fetal heart. Accuracy of beat-to-beat interval determination together with its influence on indices describing the fetal heart rate (FHR) variability calculated automatically using computer-aided fetal monitoring system were examined. We considered the direct fetal electrocardiography as a reference technique because it ensures the highest possible accuracy of heart interval measurement, and additionally all the definitions of popular time domain parameters quantifying FHR variability formerly have been created using the fetal electrocardiogram. We evaluated the reliability of various so called short-term and long-term variability indices, when they are calculated automatically using the signal obtained via the Doppler US from a fetal monitor. The results proved that evaluation of the acquisition technique influence on fetal well-being assessment can not be accomplished basing on direct measurements of heartbeats only. The more relevant is the estimation of accuracy of the variability indices, since analysis of their changes can significantly increase predictability of fetal distress.
Janusz Jezewski; Janusz Wrobel; Krzysztof Horoba
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  IEEE transactions on bio-medical engineering     Volume:  53     ISSN:  0018-9294     ISO Abbreviation:  IEEE Trans Biomed Eng     Publication Date:  2006 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-05-11     Completed Date:  2006-06-12     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0012737     Medline TA:  IEEE Trans Biomed Eng     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  855-64     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Biomedical Informatics, Institute of Medical Technology and Equipment, Roosevelt Str 118, Zabrze 41800, Poland.
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MeSH Terms
Echocardiography, Doppler / methods*
Electrocardiography / methods*
Fetal Distress / diagnosis*,  physiopathology*
Fetal Monitoring / methods
Heart Rate, Fetal*
Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted / methods*
Reproducibility of Results
Sensitivity and Specificity
Ultrasonography, Prenatal / methods*

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