Development of fetal cardiac intervals throughout 16 to 41 weeks of gestation

Faezeh Marzbanrad, Yoshitaka Kimura, Kiyoe Funamoto, Rika Sugibayashi, Miyuki Endo, Takuya Ito, Marimuthu Palaniswami, Ahsan Khandoker

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In this paper a new noninvasive method is proposed for automated estimation of fetal cardiac intervals from Doppler Ultrasound (DUS) signal and fetal electrocardiogram (fECG) as a reference. The proposed method is based on a combination of Wavelet analysis and hybrid Support Vector Machines- Hidden Markov Models (SVM/HMM). This method provides automated beat by beat identification of cardiac valves' opening and closing which are used to estimate the fetal cardiac intervals. The range of these intervals in different gestational age from 16 to 41 weeks was evaluated in this study. The correlation between beat to beat intervals was also investigated. Results show a significant negative correlation between Pre-Ejection Period (PEP) and Ventricular Ejection Time (VET) (r = -0.61, p <;0.0001), a positive correlation between VET and Systolic Time Interval (STI) (r =0.51, p <;0.0001) and a significant correlation between PEP and Isovolumic Contraction Time (ICT) (r =0.67, p <;0.0001).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputing in Cardiology 2013
Subtitle of host publicationSeptember 22-25, 2013, Zaragoza, Spain [proceedings]
EditorsAlan Murray
Place of PublicationVancouver, Canada
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781479908868
ISBN (Print)9781479908844
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventComputing in Cardiology Conference 2013 - Zaragoza, Spain
Duration: 22 Sept 201325 Sept 2013


ConferenceComputing in Cardiology Conference 2013
Abbreviated titleCINC 2013

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