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MMG Database

Published: March 4, 2016. Version: 1.0.0

When using this resource, please cite the original publication:

D. Escalona-Vargas, R.B. Govindan, A. Furdea, P. Murphy, C. L. Lowery, and H. Eswaran. Characterizing the Propagation of Uterine Electrophysiological Signals Recorded with a Multi-Sensor Abdominal Array in Term Pregnancies. PLoS ONE, 10(10), 2015.

Please include the standard citation for PhysioNet:

Goldberger AL, Amaral LAN, Glass L, Hausdorff JM, Ivanov PCh, Mark RG, Mietus JE, Moody GB, Peng C-K, Stanley HE. PhysioBank, PhysioToolkit, and PhysioNet: Components of a New Research Resource for Complex Physiologic Signals (2003). Circulation. 101(23):e215-e220.


This database contains uterine magnetomyographic (MMG) signals recorded using the 151 channel SARA (SQUID Array for Reproductive Assessment) system installed at UAMS, Little Rock, USA. Recordings are taken from 25 subjects who presented themselves in the Triage unit of Labor and Delivery and were undergoing monitoring and evaluation of labor. All subjects were asked to lean forward and sit comfortably with the sensor array covering their pregnant abdomens. The duration of a recording was typically around 20 minutes.

Data Description

To obtain the final MMG signals, the original 250Hz data was downsampled to 32 Hz, bandpass filtered (0.1-1 Hz) to attenuate the maternal and fetal cardiac signals, and notch filtered (0.25-0.35 Hz) to suppress the prominent maternal breathing around 0.33 Hz. Furthermore, segments with maternal movement were excluded. Each final recording in this database contains 147 to 148 channels and lasts between 10 and 20 minutes.

The data was preprocessed in MATLAB and converted to WFDB format using the mat2wfdb function from the PhysioToolkit software. File names in the database are of the form ###_*GA, where ### is the ID of the participant, and *GA refers to gestational age in weeks and days (ie. 38w0d). Header files contain channel labels and the following clinical information:

  • Cervical dilation (dilation cm)/(effacement %)/(station)
  • Days to delivery after SARA recording.
  • Race
  • BMI
  • Gestation Period (weeks+days)

The sensorpositions record contains x, y, and z coordinates of the SARA array's 149 different channels present in the database. Refer to SARAarray.eps or SARAarray.tif for diagrams of the apparatus.

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