Comparison of software developed for FHR extraction from PCG signals
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A valuable alternative to US cardiotocography, for fetal surveillance, can be offered by phonocardiography, a passive and low cost acoustic recording of fetal heart sounds. A crucial point is the exact recognizing of the fetal heart sounds, associated to each fetal heart beat, and then the estimation of FHR signal. In this work, software for FHR assessment from phonocardiographic signals was developed. To check the reliability of the software, obtained results were compared with those of simultaneously recorded cardiotocographic signals. Results seemed to be satisfying, as provided FHR series were almost all confined within FHR_CTG +/- 3 bpm, where FHR_CTG were FHR series provided by commercial US cardiotocographic devices, currently employed in clinical routine.
KeywordsFetal Heart Logic Block Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring Electronic Fetal Monitoring Fetal Surveillance
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