Accession Number:

ADA409587

Title:

Motor Unit Action Potentials as a Source of Noise in the Non-Invasive Detection of Fibrillation Potentials

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE HARVARD-MIT DIV OF HEALTH SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2001-10-25

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

Denervated muscle fibers produce spontaneous depolarizations termed fibrillation potentials. These potentials are an indicator of neuromuscular pathology and are detected by inserting a needle electrode into the muscle of interest to detect the time-based signal. A proposed noninvasive method measures the spectral energy corresponding to increased spontaneous muscle activity. This paper exams the impact of normal muscle activity on such a method through the use of a computer model of fibrillation potentials and normal motor unit action potentials. A mathematical expression for the surface recorded signal is proposed and used as the basis for analyzing the temporal and spectral characteristics of spontaneous and normal motor activity. Based on these results, filtering methods for the removal of normal motor activity are proposed and future work needed to implement non-invasive detection of fibrillation potentials is discussed.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE