Feasibility and Acceptance of Self-Guided Mobile Ultrasound among Pregnant Women in Routine Prenatal Care

Pontones C, Titzmann A, Hübner H, Danzberger N, Rübner M, Häberle L, Eskofier B, Nissen M, Kehl S, Faschingbauer F, Beckmann M, Fasching P, Schneider M (2023)


Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2023

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Book Volume: 12

Article Number: 4224

Journal Issue: 13

DOI: 10.3390/jcm12134224

Abstract

Background and objectives: Mobile and remote ultrasound devices are becoming increasingly available. The benefits and possible risks of self-guided ultrasound examinations conducted by pregnant women at home have not yet been well explored. This study investigated aspects of feasibility and acceptance, as well as the success rates of such examinations. Methods: In this prospective, single-center, interventional study, forty-six women with singleton pregnancies between 17 + 0 and 29 + 6 weeks of gestation were included in two cohorts, using two different mobile ultrasound systems. The participants examined the fetal heartbeat, fetal profile and amniotic fluid. Aspects of feasibility and acceptance were evaluated using a questionnaire. Success rates in relation to image and video quality were evaluated by healthcare professionals. Results: Two thirds of the women were able to imagine performing the self-guided examination at home, but 87.0% would prefer live support by a professional. Concerns about their own safety and that of the child were expressed by 23.9% of the women. Success rates for locating the target structure were 52.2% for videos of the fetal heartbeat, 52.2% for videos of the amniotic fluid in all four quadrants and 17.9% for videos of the fetal profile. Conclusion: These results show wide acceptance of self-examination using mobile systems for fetal ultrasonography during pregnancy. Image quality was adequate for assessing the amniotic fluid and fetal heartbeat in most participants. Further studies are needed to determine whether ultrasound self-examinations can be implemented in prenatal care and how this would affect the fetomaternal outcome.

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APA:

Pontones, C., Titzmann, A., Hübner, H., Danzberger, N., Rübner, M., Häberle, L.,... Schneider, M. (2023). Feasibility and Acceptance of Self-Guided Mobile Ultrasound among Pregnant Women in Routine Prenatal Care. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 12(13). https://dx.doi.org/10.3390/jcm12134224

MLA:

Pontones, Constanza, et al. "Feasibility and Acceptance of Self-Guided Mobile Ultrasound among Pregnant Women in Routine Prenatal Care." Journal of Clinical Medicine 12.13 (2023).

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