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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(More)
Cardiotocography (CTG) is a biophysical method of fetal condition assessment based mainly on recording and automated analysis of fetal heart activity. The computerized fetal monitoring systems provide the quantitative description of the CTG signals, but the effective conclusion generation methods for decision process support are still needed. Assessment of(More)
Bioelectrical fetal heart activity being recorded from maternal abdominal surface contains more information than mechanical heart activity measurement based on the Doppler ultrasound signals. However, it requires extraction of fetal electrocardiogram from abdominal signals where the maternal electrocardiogram is dominant. The simplest technique for maternal(More)
Analysis of variability of fetal heart rate (FHR) is very important in prediction of the fetal wellbeing. The beat-to-beat variability is described quantitatively by the indices originated from invasive fetal electrocardiography which provides the FHR signal in a form of time event series. Today, monitoring instrumentation is based on Doppler ultrasound(More)
The noninvasive fetal electrocardiography is a source of more precise information on the fetal heart activity than the measurements based on Doppler ultrasound signals. However, the clinical diagnostic applications of this technique are limited by difficulty with successful detection of small amplitude fetal QRS complexes. In this study, we investigate the(More)
BACKGROUND The currently used fetal monitoring instrumentation that is based on Doppler ultrasound technique provides the fetal heart rate (FHR) signal with limited accuracy. It is particularly noticeable as significant decrease of clinically important feature - the variability of FHR signal. The aim of our work was to develop a novel efficient technique(More)
Cardiotocographic monitoring is a primary biophysical method for assessment of a fetal state based on quantitative analysis of the biophysical signals. Although the computerized fetal monitoring systems have become a standard in clinical centres, the effective methods, which could enable conclusion generation, are still being searched. In the proposed work(More)
Computer-aided fetal monitoring is based on automated analysis of the fetal heart rate (FHR) variability. The first and the main step in the automated signal interpretation is the estimation of the so called FHR baseline. There are various algorithms for baseline estimation, of different efficiency. For its evaluation, the method of modeling of FHR signal(More)
In this paper we propose a new structure of the instrumentation for electrocardiographic fetal monitoring. We apply a single-channel approach to maternal electrocardiogram suppression in the recorded four abdominal bioelectric signals. Then we exploit spatial and temporal properties of the extracted four-channel fetal electrocardiogram to construct a new(More)