It is based on devices used in clinical practice. The team is already working with a private investor to use the technology in practice.
The Foetal Electrodiagram Phantom technology evaluates the foetal response. “By measuring the foetal pulse, many emerging diseases can be prevented. Thus, mothers can make sure their baby is all right,” explain the scientists. The technology enables accurate modelling of the electrical activity of the foetus’s and mother's heart within the 3D model of the pregnant woman’s body. The researchers model different foetal positions, gestational age, or physiological or pathological course. The key feature of this technology is the possibility of simulating pathological conditions that cannot be obtained by measurement in clinical practice, since these conditions are the basis for surgical abortion. “Heart rate is an essential indicator that the foetal condition is good. During the delivery, it is the basic diagnostic tool for the determination of hypoxia (oxygen deficiency) of the foetus. Natural birth can then turn into Caesarean section,” the scientists add.
The equipment of the scientists at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is also innovative in that the expectant mother will be able to take the device home, and the measurements will be easy for her. “We do not plan to send data to the hospital yet, but the mother will be able to view and monitor the foetus’s condition on a mobile device. She will know that her baby is all right. In case of any anomaly, she will go to the doctor immediately – thanks to the device, we will avoid many possible problems.”