Deep convolutional encoder-decoder framework for fetal ECG signal denoising

Eleni Fotiadou, Tomasz Konopczyński, Jürgen Hesser, Rik Vullings

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Non-invasive fetal electrocardiography has the potential of providing vital information for evaluating the health status of the fetus. However, the low signal to noise ratio of the fetal electrocardiogram (ECG) impedes the applicability of the method in clinical practice. Residual noise in the fetal ECG, after the maternal ECG is suppressed, is often non-stationary, complex and has spectral overlap with the fetal ECG. We present a deep fully convolutional encoder-decoder framework, for removing the residual noise from single-channel fetal ECG. The method was tested in a broad simulated fetal ECG dataset with varying amount of noise. The results demonstrate that after the denoising there was an average increase in the correlation coefficient between the corrupted signals and the original ones from 0.6 to 0.8. Moreover, the suggested framework successfully handled different levels of noises in a single model. The network was further tested on real signals showing substantial noise removal performance, thus providing a promising approach for fetal ECG signal denoising. The presented method is able to significantly improve the quality of the extracted fetal ECG signals, having the advantage of preserving beat-to-beat morphological variations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 Computing in Cardiology Conference
ISBN (Electronic)9781728169361
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event46th Computing in Cardiology Conference (CinC 2019) - Singapore, Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 8 Sep 201911 Sep 2019
Conference number: 46


Conference46th Computing in Cardiology Conference (CinC 2019)
Abbreviated titleCinC 2019


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