Evaluating Microelectrode Arrays in Peripheral Nerve Using Micro Computed Tomography

Rebecca A. Frederick, Ryan Margolis, Kenneth Hoyt, Stuart F. Cogan

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Abstract

Many advances have been made with imaging of implanted neural devices; however, the ability to image whole nerve samples remains limited. Further, few imaging modalities are well suited for visualizing both whole devices in vivo and individual microelectrodes within a nerve. In this study, we used micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) to evaluate Wireless Floating Microelectrode Arrays (WMFAs) implanted in rat sciatic nerve at the level of whole devices and individual electrodes. WFMAs were also used to track selective recruitment of plantar flexion and dorsiflexion of the rear paw, which was achieved by each implanted device (n=6) during chronic implantation. Evoked limb motion was correlated to end-of-study assessments using micro-CT to visualize electrode locations within the fascicular structure of the sciatic nerve. Results of this study show that micro-CT imaging can provide valuable assessments of microelectrode arrays implanted in peripheral nerves for both whole devices visualized in vivo and individual electrodes visualized in whole nerve tissue samples.Clinical relevance - This work informs the use of micro-computed tomography as a tool for correlating neural device performance with physical attributes of the implant location.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication42nd Annual International Conferences of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Subtitle of host publicationEnabling Innovative Technologies for Global Healthcare, EMBC 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages3432-3435
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781728119908
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2020
Event42nd Annual International Conferences of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2020 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: Jul 20 2020Jul 24 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS
Volume2020-July
ISSN (Print)1557-170X

Conference

Conference42nd Annual International Conferences of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2020
CountryCanada
CityMontreal
Period7/20/207/24/20

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics

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