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E Actitrode: The new selective stimulation interface for functional movements in hemiplegics patients

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Author(s): Bijelić Goran | Popović-Bijelić Ana | Jorgovanović Nikola | Bojanić Dubravka | Popović Dejan B.

Journal: Serbian Journal of Electrical Engineering
ISSN 1451-4869

Volume: 1;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 21;
Date: 2004;
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Keywords: stimulation | hemiplegics patients

ABSTRACT
We describe the new multi-contact electrode-array for surface electrical stimulation, and the corresponding interface device that allows on-line selection of the conductive fields during the application of the system. This new device has a specific value for therapeutic applications of electrical stimulation since it allows effective generation of desired functional movements. The user-friendly interface also allows patients at home to select the optimal electrode array; thereby, to receive therapies out of the clinical environment. The electrode was tested in three post-stroke hemiplegics patients. The pilot experiments showed that system works sufficiently good for control of fingers during grasp and release functions without the interference of the wrist movement. The use of electrode is also envisioned for many other applications (foot-drop fitness, shoulder subluxation, etc).

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