AI supported fetal echocardiography with quality assessment

Caroline A. Taksoee-Vester*, Kamil Mikolaj, Zahra Bashir, Anders N. Christensen, Olav B. Petersen, Karin Sundberg, Aasa Feragen, Morten B. S. Svendsen, Mads Nielsen, Martin G. Tolsgaard

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This study aimed to develop a deep learning model to assess the quality of fetal echocardiography and to perform prospective clinical validation. The model was trained on data from the 18-22-week anomaly scan conducted in seven hospitals from 2008 to 2018. Prospective validation involved 100 patients from two hospitals. A total of 5363 images from 2551 pregnancies were used for training and validation. The model's segmentation accuracy depended on image quality measured by a quality score (QS). It achieved an overall average accuracy of 0.91 (SD 0.09) across the test set, with images having above-average QS scoring 0.97 (SD 0.03). During prospective validation of 192 images, clinicians rated 44.8% (SD 9.8) of images as equal in quality, 18.69% (SD 5.7) favoring auto-captured images and 36.51% (SD 9.0) preferring manually captured ones. Images with above average QS showed better agreement on segmentations (p 
Original languageEnglish
Article number5809
JournalScientific Reports
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2024


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