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    Artifacts in eeg final Artifacts in eeg final Presentation Transcript

    • Introduction:
      • Unwanted electrical activity arising from different sources, other than cerebral activity
      • EEG -highly sensitive recording device, easily interrupted by other electrical activity of very high voltages
      • Some readily distinguished, others closely resemble cerebral activity .
    • Principles used to discriminate artifacts from EEG signals:
      • Physiological activity has a logical topographic field of distribution with an expected fall off of voltage potentials.
      • Artifacts have an illogical distribution that defies the principles of localization
    • Classification:
      • Physiological : from patient’s own physiological generator sources other than the brain
      • Extraphysiological : Externally generated e.g. instrumental & environmental
    • Physiological artifacts:
      • Cardiogenic-electrical
      • mechanical
      • Muscle activity
      • – Eye movement
      • – surface EMG
      • – Movement
      • glossokinetic
      • respiration
      • photomyoclonic
      • Skin artifacts
      • perspiration
      • salt bridges
      • Eye movements
      • Blink
      • flutter
      • Lateral gaze
      • Lateral rectus spike
      • Slow eye movements
      • Electroretinogram
      • REM sleep
    • Eye movement artifacts:
      • most common, due to cornea-retinal potentials. The cornea is positive to the retina by 50-100 mv
      • Fp1, Fp2, F7, F8 , amplitude is approx 50- 200uv
      • frontopolar rhythmic slow wave activity - simulating brain activity
      • Types of eye movement artifacts
      • – Eye open, eye closure and blink
      • – Eyelid flutter
      • – Eyeball movement (lateral, vertical and oblique eye movements
    • Eye opening and eye closure
    • Blink Eye blink is a “U” shape transient potential which appears in frontopolar electrodes which are closer to the eyes.
    • Eyelid flutter Fine eyelid movements may produce rhythmic 4-8 Hz activity in the frontal leads (disappear on fixation)
    • Lateral eyeball movements
    • Elimination:
      • close the eyes or eye fixation
      • close his eyes with his fingers or place a soft cloth or a cotton pads over the closed eyelids
      • Monitoring eye movements by placing extraocular electrodes will easily help to distinguish from frontal slow waves
    • Muscle (EMG) artifacts:
      • EMG artifacts are due to the muscle contraction
      • superimposed upon the EEG activity
      • The motor unit potentials (MUPs) arising from
      • the scalp muscles may cause misinterpretation by
      • resembling spike or cortical β-activity
    • Lateral rectus spikes:
    • Frontalis:
    • Temporalis: Clenching and grinding teeth
    • Swallowing: Swallowing of saliva usually produces a short burst activity
    • Chewing:
    • Sniffling artifact: Small EMG component with a slow wave
    • Facial myokymia:
    • Glossokinetic artifact: Movement of the tongue during speaking may produce synchronous intermittent rhythmic EEG activity (2-6 Hz) because the mass of the tongue acts as a charged body with a negative tip
    • Glossokinetic artifact:
    • Tremor:
    • Differentiation between EMG artifacts & the cortical spikes :
      • EMG potentials are of extremely short duration (2-20 msec) and spiky even on increasing paper speed to 60 mm/s
      • On basis of morphology and frequency
      • During sleep EMG activity is reduced whereas cortical spikes increase
      • Document using extra muscle electrodes
    • Reduction/elimination:
      • Frontalis - close eyelids lightly and relax
      • Temporalis - opening the mouth
      • Use of relaxation techniques (reassuring, comforting the patient),Massaging the particular muscle groups
      • Occipitalis - putting the pillow under the neck
      • As a last resort change the high frequency filter to 35/15 Hz
    • Cardiogenic artifacts:
      • EP arising in the cardiac muscles, high in amplitude
      • Spread to scalp by volume conduction
      • Prominent in babies, obese, short – neck, cardiomegaly
      • Referential montage picks up ECG artifact due to large interelectrode distances and close proximity of ear electrodes to the heart
      • Equipotential on the scalp - not picked up in bipolar montage
    • Types:
      • ECG
      • Pulse
      • Pacemaker
    • ECG Coming at regular intervals synchronising with ECG
    • ECG: Coming at regular intervals synchronising with ECG
    • Pulse
    • Pulse:
    • Elimination:
      • Changing the head position relative to the thorax
      • Lower the electrode resistance (A1 and A2) or use body earth (A1+A2)
      • Change reference to Cz
      • Shift the electrode a little - eliminate pulse wave
    • Sweat artifact:
      • Warm and humid recording room
      • Anxiety and emotional tension
      • Autonomic dysfunction
      • Electrical potentials due to sweat glands
      • Reduction in the skin resistance (GSR)
      • NaCl and lactic acid of sweat may produce large base line sways
    • Sweat: These are the slow waves of very low frequency (1/3-1/2 Hz)
    • Salt bridge: Electrolyte in sweat interact with electrode gel / paste to produce a salt bridge
    • Elimination:
      • Proper air conditioning
      • Reducing emotional stress
      • Sponging the patient’s face & forehead with alcohol/spirit
      • Setting the short time constant (LFF) if all the efforts fail
    • Movement artifacts:
      • Movement of head, body and limbs produce irregular high voltage potentials
      • Movement of the head during HV or respiration can produce occipital electrode artifacts
      • Movement associated with seizure may obscure cerebral activity
      • Artifacts may occur in essential tremors, Parkinson disease and other movement disorders
    • Head movement: Movement between the head and the pillow
    • Movement associated with seizure: Contraction of skeletal muscles before the seizure activity starts
    • Movement associated with seizure: Difficult to determine the origin of the seizure activity
    • Patting artifacts: Mother patting baby
    • Respiration artifacts: More commonly seen during HV as slow wave activity
    • Reduction/elimination:
      • Solicit the co-operation of the patient to be calm and still
      • Changing the position or turning the patient over will diminish tremor artifacts
      • Placing a roll of towel or firm material under the neck may do away with respiratory artifacts
    • Extra physiological artifacts:
            • Electrode –electrode pop, contact
            • Technical-lead movement, placement
            • Instrumental –AC 60hz artifact ventilator, circulatory pumps
            • Iv fluids
            • Environmental-mobile, TV, radio, electromagnetic
      • The scalp-electrode junction is an important and delicate link in the whole system
      • Electrode artifacts occur due to the change in the resistance or electrode potential between the scalp and the electrode
      • Poor contact, improper electrolyte application, broken lead, poor contact at the junction box, dry out of electrode paste
      Electrode artifacts:
    • Electrode pop: A sudden change in the electrical potential between the electrode and scalp gives rise to the ‘pop’
    • Electrode artifact: Loose contact of the electrode with the scalp
    • Electrode movement artifact: This is movement of electrode on the scalp, because of excessive jelly
      • Recognition & differentiation from cerebral activity:
      • Electrode artifact is strictly confined to one lead or channels having input from this electrode, where as cerebral activity would usually spread to the adjacent electrodes
      • In a bipolar montage, the artifacts show mirror images (like phase reversals) in two adjacent channels
      • Wave morphology may change from time to time
      Electrode artifacts:
      • Elimination
      • Applying proper electrolyte
      • Check electrode impedance & continuity
      • Change the electrode
      • If it still present change the position at a distance of 0.5-1cm
      Electrode artifacts:
      • due to the malfunctioning of certain parts of the machine
      • -Pen deflection
      • -Amplifier
      • -Galvanometer
      • -Faulty ground
      • -Photic stimulator
      • Non-symmetrical electrode placement
      • Erroneous settings of different channels
      • Unequal electrode impedances result in loss of common mode rejection and recording of AC artifact
      Technical artifacts:
    • Pen deflection:
    • A1- disconnected:
    • Photic:
    • Interchanging electrode placement: Interchanging the Fp2 electrode with O2
    • AC artifact:60 hz artifact Very high electrode impedance of more than 25 k 
      • troublesome as they cannot be easily controlled by the technologist
      • Movement of other persons
      • Types of environmental artifacts:
      • – Electromagnetic Interference
      • – Electrostatic Induction
      • – Radio frequency Interference
      • As technology expands – new artifacts appear
        • Mobile phone artifacts
      Environmental artifacts:
    • Electromagnetic interference:
      • Current flowing through an electrical conductor (main power supply), produces a magnetic lines of force around the conductor
      • The greater the current, the stronger the field
      • Occurs between mains and patient or electrode attached to the scalp or junction box
      • Common sources – power transformers
        • Electric motors in lifts, fans, air-conditioners
      • AC interference (result of capacitance or inductive effects on wires leading from the scalp to the junction box)
    • Electrostatic Induction:
      • Opposite polarities of two charged bodies produces electrostatic induction when negative electric charge is applied
      • Presence of several instruments adjacent to the EEG machine (like fluorescent light, ventilators etc.)
      • Movement of any charged body near the patient (like plastic, rubber, synthetic fibres etc)
      • Often the technologist himself is the recipient of this discharge
      • Low electrical resistance between patient and the environment
    • Static artifact: Produced by placing a charged synthetic paper near the patient
    • Static artifact: walking in to collect a report
    • Electrostatic artifact: Startle or clap response can also cause static artifact
    • AC Interference
    • Cell phone artifact:
      • Minimisation/removal of environmental artifacts:
      • Keeping electrode leads close together.
      • Move away from source (at least 10 feet)
      • (since electrostatic induction is inversely proportional to the distance between patient and source)
      • Changing the orientation of the patient/source parallel to the electromagnetic lines of force
      • Locate the EEG lab at least 50 feet away from AC feeders, transformers etc.
      • One earthing point common to all equipment
      • Shielding the source of artifact and machine with earthed metal shield
    • Artifacts are also useful:
      • Slow lateral eye movements and disappearance or reduction of EMG are a valuable sign of drowsiness/sleep
      • Eye open and eye closure artifacts record the precise point where the patient opened or closed his eyes
      • Short bursts of EMG activity may mark the occurrence of myoclonic jerks
    • Environment for artifact free recording
      • Quiet atmosphere
      • Comfortable bed
      • No synthetic carpeting
      • Convenient control of lighting
      • Proper earthing / shielding
      • Different power supply to equipment and air conditioner
      • Comfortable temperature and humidity levels to avoid sweating, tension, restlessness
      • Thank you