September 2, 2010

Vanderbilt Researchers Need Healthy, Pregnant Women Ages 18-35 for a One-time Fetal Magnetocardiogram

Fetal magnetocardiography research study

More than four million fetal lives are lost each year worldwide because of late-gestation, unexplained death. Undiagnosed and untreated fetal rhythm abnormalities carry a high risk of fetal and perinatal morbidity and mortality. These abnormalities are difficult to diagnose and treat because there is no easy way of recording the electrical activity of the fetal heart.

Vanderbilt investigators are studying a non-invasive technique, called fetal magnetocardiography (fMCG), for recording the activity of the fetal heart by detecting the magnetism it generates.

We are looking for healthy, pregnant women ages 18-35 to volunteer for a one-time fetal magnetocardiogram in a research study at Vanderbilt. To participate, you must be at 18-36 weeks gestation, in good health and have had a normal obstetrical ultrasound. The study will last approximately one hour and you will be compensated $50 at the end of the study.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Stacy Killen, M.D., at 322-7447 or at stacy.stratemann@vanderbilt.edu.