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Differentiation of fluctuations in uterine contractions associated with Term pregnancies using adaptive fractal features of electromyography signals
, Vardhini P., Punitha N.
Published in Elsevier Ltd
Volume: 88
Pages: 78 - 85
Analysis of uterine contractions using electromyography signals is gaining importance due to its capability to measure the dynamics of uterus. Uterine electromyography (uEMG) provides information on the nature of uterine contractions non-invasively. In this study, the fluctuations in uEMG signals associated with Term pregnancies are analyzed. For this, Term uEMG signals corresponding to second (T1) and third (T2) trimesters are considered. The signals are subjected to Adaptive Fractal Analysis (AFA), wherein a global trend is obtained by using overlapping windows of three orders namely, 25%, 50% and 75%. The signals are detrended and the fluctuation function is estimated. Two Hurst exponent features computed at short range (Hs) and long range (Hl) are extracted and statistically analyzed. Results show that AFA is able to characterize variations in the fluctuations of Term delivery signals. The feature values are observed to vary significantly during different weeks of gestation. It is found that features of T2 signals are higher than that of T1 signals for all the considered overlaps, indicating that T2 signals possess smoother characteristics than T1 signals. Further, coefficient of variation is observed to be low, indicating that these features are able to handle the inter-subject variations in Term signals. Therefore, it appears that the proposed approach could aid in investigation of progressive changes in uterine contractions during Term pregnancies. © 2021 IPEM
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JournalData powered by TypesetMedical Engineering and Physics
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