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Noninvasive transabdominal monitoring of fetal cerebral oxygenation using pulse oximetry
Author(s): Anna Zourabian; Andrew M. Siegel; Nirmala Ramanujam; Britton Chance; David A. Boas; Gargi Vishnoi; Re-Gine Choe
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Paper Abstract

Pulse oximetry (oxygen saturation monitoring) has markedly improved medical care in many fields, including anesthesiology, intensive care, and newborn intensive care. In obstetrics, fetal heart rate monitoring remains the standard for intrapartum assessment of fetal well being. Fetal oxygen saturation monitoring is a new technique currently under development. It is potentially superior to electronic fetal heart rate monitoring (cardiotocography) because it allows direct assessment of both fetal oxygen status and fetal tissue perfusion. Here, we present feasibility studies for trans-abdominal fetal cerebral pulse oximetry. Our experiments on more than 20 patients indicate feasibility. We will present the methodology for obtaining these data, as well as a summary of our pilot clinical study.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 1999
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3597, Optical Tomography and Spectroscopy of Tissue III, (15 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.356783
Show Author Affiliations
Anna Zourabian, Tufts Univ. (United States)
Andrew M. Siegel, Tufts Univ. (United States)
Nirmala Ramanujam, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Britton Chance, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
David A. Boas, Massachusetts General Hospital and Tufts Univ. (United States)
Gargi Vishnoi, Univ. of Pennsylvania (India)
Re-Gine Choe, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3597:
Optical Tomography and Spectroscopy of Tissue III
Britton Chance; Robert R. Alfano; Bruce J. Tromberg, Editor(s)

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