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In the presence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), the fetus is exposed to a hyperin-sulinemia environment. This environment can cause a wide range of metabolic and fetal cardiac structural alterations. Fetal myocardial hypertrophy predominantly affecting the interventricular septum possess a morphology of disarray similar to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and may be present in some GDM neonates after birth. Myocardial thickness may increase in GDM fetuses independent of glycemic control status and fetal weight. Fetal echocardiography performed on fetuses with GDM helps in assessing cardiac structure and function, and to diagnose myocardial hypertrophy. There are few studies in the literature which have established evidence for morphologic variation associated with cardiac hypertrophy among fetuses of GDM mothers. In this study, fetal ultrasound images of normal, pregestational diabetes mellitus (preGDM) and GDM mothers were used to develop a computer aided diagnostic (CAD) tool. We proposed a new method called local preserving class separation (LPCS) framework to preserve the geometrical configuration of normal and preGDM/GDM subjects. The generated shearlet based texture features under LPCS framework showed promising results compared with deep learning algorithms. The proposed method achieved a maximum accuracy of 98.15% using support vector machine (SVM) classifier. Hence, this paradigm can be helpful to physicians in detecting fetal myocardial hypertrophy in preGDM/GDM mothers.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIEEE Access
Publication statusPublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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