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Monitoring of uterine contraction activity is an important diagnostic tool used during both pregnancy and labour. The strain the pregnant uterus exerts on the maternal abdomen is measured via external tocography. However, limitation of this approach has caused the development of another technique-electrohysterography--which is based on the recording of(More)
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)
Among various methods of monitoring fetal heart activity a Doppler ultrasound technique is the most often used. Complexity and variability of Doppler signal make difficult the precise measurement of timing dependences defining individual phases of cardiac cycle. Aim of the work was to carry out detailed comparative analysis of Doppler echo coming from(More)
The main aim of our work was to assess the reliability of indirect abdominal electrocardiography as an alternative to the commonly used Doppler ultrasound monitoring technique. As a reference method, we used direct fetal electrocardiography. Direct and abdominal signals were acquired simultaneously, using dedicated instrumentation. The developed method 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)
At present, the most widespread method of monitoring of uterine contractions activity during pregnancy and labour is the external tocography. This mechanical method, however, has limited value resulting from its low accuracy and sensibility. Recent progress in new techniques of perinatal monitoring requires more precise method of monitoring uterine(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)