FOETOS in clinical practice: A retrospective analysis of its performance

Amparo Alonso-Betanzos, Lawrence D Devoe, Ramón A. Castillo, Vicente Moret-Bonillo, Carlos Hernández-Sande, Nancy S. Searle

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The results of the first validation of the prototype expert system FOETOS are presented. FOETOS is designed to assist the obstetrician in the diagnosis of antepartum and intrapartum foetal well-being. To evaluate the performance of this system, 20 delivered patients were selected for retrospective analysis. All patients underwent three antenatal tests (hon-stress test, foetal biophysical profile, and contraction stress test), and their labor data were available. The validation tool utilized was the man-machine performance method. While our results are encouraging, certain aspects of the system require modification to accommodate it to a real clinical environment. With such modifications FOETOS could be developed into a useful tool for the assessment of high risk pregnancies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-99
Number of pages7
JournalArtificial Intelligence In Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1989



  • expert system
  • foetal assessment
  • obstetrics
  • validation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Medicine(all)

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Alonso-Betanzos, A., Devoe, L. D., Castillo, R. A., Moret-Bonillo, V., Hernández-Sande, C., & Searle, N. S. (1989). FOETOS in clinical practice: A retrospective analysis of its performance. Artificial Intelligence In Medicine, 1(2), 93-99.