Effect of the presence of amniotic fluid for optical transabdominal fetal monitoring using Monte Carlo simulations
Kainerstorfer, Jana M.
About a third of babies are delivered by Cesarean section. There has been an increase in maternal deaths during labor due to complications with subsequent births after a C-section. Therefore, there is a clinical motivation to reduce the C-section rate. Current techniques are, however, inefficient at determining fetal distress leading to a high false positive rate for complications and ultimately a C-section. For the current study, Monte Carlo simulations were used to calculate the amount of signal received on a model of a pregnant mother, as well as, the percent of the signal that comes from the fetal layer. Models with and without a 1 mm amniotic fluid were compared and showed differing trends.
Fetal pulse oximetry , Light propagation modelling , Monte Carlo , Transabdominal fetal monitoring
Gunther, J., Jayet, B., Jacobs, A., Burke, R., Kainerstorfer, J. M. and Andersson-Engels, S. (2021) 'Effect of the presence of amniotic fluid for optical transabdominal fetal monitoring using Monte Carlo simulations', Journal of Biophotonics, e202000486 (11 pp). doi: 10.1002/jbio.202000486