Adaptive spatial filtering of multichannel surface electromyogram signals
2004 (English)In: Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, ISSN 0140-0118, E-ISSN 1741-0444, Vol. 42, no 6, 825-831 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Spatial filtering of surface electromyography (EMG) signals can be used to enhance single motor unit action potentials (MUAPs). Traditional spatial filters for surface EMG do not take into consideration that some electrodes could have poor skin contact. In contrast to the traditional a priori defined filters, this study introduces an adaptive spatial filtering method that adapts to the signal characteristics. The adaptive filter, the maximum kurtosis filter (MKF), was obtained by using the linear combination of surrounding channels that maximises kurtosis. The MKF and conventional filters were applied to simulated EMG signals and to real EMG signals recorded with an electrode grid to evaluate their performance in detecting single motor units. The MKF was compared with conventional spatial filtering methods. Simulated signals, with different levels of spatially correlated noise, were used for comparison. The influence of one electrode with poor skin contact was also investigated. The MKF was found to be considerably better at enhancing a single MUAP than conventional methods for all levels of spatial correlation of the noise. For a spatial correlation of 0.97 of the noise, the improvement in the signal-to-noise ratio, where a MUAP could be detected, was at least 6dB. With a simulated poor skin contact for one electrode, the improvement over the other methods was at least 19 dB.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 42, no 6, 825-831 p.
Electromyography, EMG, multichannel, spatial filter, kurtosis
Research subject Signal Processing
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-14746PubMedID: 15587475OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-14746DiVA: diva2:154418