What is fetal Magnetocardiography?

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What is fetal Magnetocardiography?

Fetal magnetocardiography (fMCG) is a noninvasive technique for recording magnetic fields generated by the electrical activity of the fetal heart.

How is fetal arrhythmia diagnosed?

Ultrasound is the primary modality for the diagnosis of fetal arrhythmias. The obstetrician observing an arrhythmia must first differentiate arrhythmia from fetal distress. Most confirmed arrhythmias are best evaluated and treated in utero, and unconfirmed rhythm disturbances vigilantly followed.

How accurate is a fetal echocardiogram?

Introduction. The general diagnostic accuracy of fetal echocardiography (fetal echo) in detecting or excluding significant fetal heart anomalies has been reported to exceed 80%1-4, particularly in the hands of experienced perinatal cardiologists2, 5.

Is fetal echo necessary?

It is not necessary for all pregnant women to receive a fetal echocardiogram. The prenatal ultrasound tests that are done prior to birth can give information about whether the fetal heart has developed all four chambers. Most unborn babies do not require any further testing.

Is fetal echo covered by insurance?

An echocardiogram typically is covered by insurance when ordered to help diagnose or monitor a heart problem, but not as a routine screening test.

How is heart magnetic field measured?

Magnetocardiography (MCG) is a technique to measure the magnetic fields produced by electrical currents in the heart using extremely sensitive devices such as the superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID).

Is fetal arrhythmia serious?

While it can be scary to think about your baby having a heart rhythm issue, the vast majority of fetal arrhythmias do not indicate serious long-term concerns.

When is the best time to do fetal echo?

Ideally, the test will be scheduled between 20-24 weeks gestation. If the pregnancy is more than 24 weeks, the test will be scheduled in the next available time slot.

How big is the magnetic field of the heart?

The magnetic field produced by the human heart is more than 100 times greater in strength than the field generated by the brain and can be detected in all directions up to 91 cm or 3 feet away from the body, using superconducting quantum interference SQUID-based magnetometers [42] .

What is the heart magnetic field?

Figure 6.1 The heart’s magnetic field, which is the strongest rhythmic field produced by the human body, not only envelops every cell of the body, but also extends out in all directions into the space around us. The heart’s magnetic field can be measured several feet away from the body by sensitive magnetometers.

What does it mean if unborn baby has irregular heartbeat?

The cause of most arrhythmias is unknown but some cases may result from an electrolyte imbalance, inflammation, medication or an inherited genetic condition. Severe cases of arrhythmia may be caused by a heart defect such as congenital heart block or by an inherited condition known as long QT syndrome.

How common is heart arrhythmia in fetus?

Detection of some dropped or extra beats (arrhythmia) is fairly common, occurring in 1 to 2 percent of pregnancies.

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