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Knowledge of the content of Doppler ultrasound signals from the fetal heart is essential if the performance of fetal heart rate (FHR) monitors based upon this technology is to be improved. For this reason instrumentation was constructed to enable the simultaneous collection of Doppler audio signals and the transabdominal fetal ECG (for signal registration),(More)
Foetal heart rate (FHR) monitoring is a proven means of assessing foetal health during the antenatal period. Currently, the only widely available instrumentation for producing these data is based on Doppler ultrasound, a technology that is unsuitable for long-term use. For nearly a century, it has been known that the foetal electrocardiogram (FECG) can be(More)
Doppler ultrasound, ultrasound M-mode analysis, fetal electrocardiography, and fetal magnetocardiography are methods by which the fetal heart can be monitored non-invasively. In this paper, they are evaluated and compared. Customarily, it is solely the fetal heart rate, which is monitored using the Doppler ultrasound technique since it is both simple to use(More)
Non-contact photoplethysmography (PPG) provides multiple benefits over in-contact methods, but is not as tolerant to motion due to the lack of mechanical coupling between the subject and sensor. One limitation of non-contact photoplethysmography is discussed here, specifically looking at the topology and optical variations of the skin and how this impacts(More)
The analysis of heart rate variability, involving changes in the autonomic modulation conditions, demands specific capabilities not provided by either parametric or non-parametric spectral estimation methods. Moreover, these methods produce time-averaged power estimates over the entire length of the record. Recently, empirical mode decomposition and the(More)
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE The prime rationale of this research is to investigate the possible occurrence of previously unrecognized episodes of desaturation apparent in preterm infants with chronic lung disease as they freely move around a non-artificial environment. RESEARCH DESIGN The study comprises 58 hours of telemetric recordings of SpO2, heart rate, body(More)
Detrended fluctuation analysis (DFA), suitable for the analysis of nonstationary time series, has confirmed the existence of persistent long-range correlations in healthy heart rate variability data. In this paper, we present the incorporation of the alphabeta filter to DFA to determine patterns in the power-law behavior that can be found in these(More)
We apply virtual tissue engineering to the full term human uterus with a view to reconstruction of the spatiotemporal patterns of electrical activity of the myometrium that control mechanical activity via intracellular calcium. The three-dimensional geometry of the gravid uterus has been reconstructed from segmented in vivo magnetic resonance imaging as(More)
In this paper we show how we have used and adapted GT3 to support scalable and flexible remote medical monitoring applications on the Grid. We use two lightweight monitoring devices (a java phone and a wearable computer), which monitor blood glucose levels and ECG/SpO2 activity. We have connected those devices to the Grid by means of proxies, allowing those(More)