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Generalized alternating stimulation: a novel method to reduce stimulus artifact in electrically evoked compound action potentials.

Research paper by Isaac I Alvarez, Angel A de la Torre, Manuel M Sainz, Cristina C Roldan, Hansjoerg H Schoesser, Philipp P Spitzer

Indexed on: 13 Jul '07Published on: 13 Jul '07Published in: Journal of Neuroscience Methods



Abstract

Stimulus artifact is one of the main limitations when considering electrically evoked compound action potential for clinical applications. Alternating stimulation (average of recordings obtained with anodic-cathodic and cathodic-anodic bipolar stimulation pulses) is an effective method to reduce stimulus artifact when evoked potentials are recorded. In this paper we extend the concept of alternating stimulation by combining anodic-cathodic and cathodic-anodic recordings with a weight in general different to 0.5. We also provide an automatic method to obtain an estimation of the optimal weights. Comparison with conventional alternating, triphasic stimulation and masker-probe paradigm shows that the generalized alternating method improves the quality of electrically evoked compound action potential responses.