Neue perspektiven in der intrauterinen überwachung mittels fetalem magnetenzephalogramm

Translated title of the contribution: New perspectives in intrauterine surveillance with the fetal magnetencephalogram

Burkhard Schauf, C. Lowery, J. D. Wilson, H. Eswaran, N. Birbaumer, B. Aydeniz, D. Wallwiener, H. Preissl

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Purpose: Despite intensive research and surveillance up to now one has failed to reduce cerebral handicaps in newborn. Fetal heart rate tracing (CTG) and Doppler have reduced the number of subpartal severe asphyxia and fetal death. But, 90% of cerebral damage is a result of antepartal problems. Thus only 10% can be avoided by intensive surveillance during labor. Detection of antenatal cerebral injury is a rare case and its impact on later fetal life can only be estimated. Insight in fetal neuronal function is not possible. Factors and time pattern determining fetal cerebral injury are thus not known. This publication explains a new system with whom one might be able to get more insight in cerebral wellbeing during the fetal intrauterine life. Methods and results: A new diagnostic approach is set up by recording fetal magnetencephalographic signals (fMEG) thus offering the opportunity to detect fetal brain function. An array which was especially designed to fit to the pregnant body consists of 151 sensors which are able to record the fMEG. Clinical testing is performed in the moment at the UAMS in Little Rock, Arkansas in Cooperation with the Institutes for Medical Psychology and the Frauenklinik in Tübingen. First results and arising questions are published. Conclusion: With this new system a deeper insight into the fetal neuronal development and fetal wellbeing during pregnancy might be achieved thus reforming the fetal surveillance in the 21st century.

Translated title of the contributionNew perspectives in intrauterine surveillance with the fetal magnetencephalogram
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)218-225
Number of pages8
JournalZentralblatt fur Gynakologie
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2003


  • Brain function
  • Fetal Control
  • Fetal MEG
  • Magnetoencopahlogram

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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