Spatio-temporal processing of surface EMG signals from the sternocleidomastoideus muscle to assess effects of radiotherapy on motor unit conduction velocity and firing rate: a pilot study
2008 (English)In: Biomedical Signal Processing and Control, ISSN 1746-8094, Vol. 3, no 2, 163-168 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Radiation therapy causes both muscle and nerve tissue damage. However, the evolution and mechanisms of these damages are not fully understood. Information on the state of active muscle fibres and motoneurons can be obtained by measuring sEMG signals and calculating the conduction velocity (CV) and firing rate of individual motor units, respectively. The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate if the multi-channel surface EMG (sEMG) technique could be applied to the sternocleidomastoideus muscle (SCM) of radiotherapy patients, and to assess if the CV and firing rate are altered as a consequence of the radiation.
Surface EMG signals were recorded from the radiated and healthy SCM muscles of 10 subjects, while subjects performed isometric rotation of the head. CV and firing rate were calculated using two recently proposed methods based on spatio-temporal processing of the sEMG signals. The multi-channel sEMG technique was successfully applied to the SCM muscle and CV and firing rates were obtained. The measurements were fast and simple and comfortable for the patients. Sufficient data quality was obtained from both sides of seven and four subjects for the CV and firing rate analysis, respectively. No differences in CV or firing rate were found between the radiated and non-radiated sides (p = 0.13 and p = 0.20, respectively). Firing rate and CV were also obtained from a myokymic discharge pattern. It was found that the CV decreased significantly (p = 0.01) during the bursts.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier , 2008. Vol. 3, no 2, 163-168 p.
Multi-channel EMG, Radiation therapy, Conduction velocity, Firing rate, Myokymic discharges
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-41106DOI: 10.1016/j.bspc.2007.10.004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-41106DiVA: diva2:404685