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Seizure classification in EEG signals utilizing Hilbert-Huang transform.

Oweis RJ, Abdulhay EW - Biomed Eng Online (2011)

Bottom Line: The proposed system bears the potential of providing several credible benefits such as fast diagnosis, high accuracy, good sensitivity and specificity, time saving and user friendly.Extra benefits of this proposed system include low cost, and ease of interface.All of that indicate the usefulness of the tool and its use as an efficient diagnostic tool.

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Affiliation: Biomedical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid 22110, Jordan. oweis@just.edu.jo

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Background: Classification method capable of recognizing abnormal activities of the brain functionality are either brain imaging or brain signal analysis. The abnormal activity of interest in this study is characterized by a disturbance caused by changes in neuronal electrochemical activity that results in abnormal synchronous discharges. The method aims at helping physicians discriminate between healthy and seizure electroencephalographic (EEG) signals.

Method: Discrimination in this work is achieved by analyzing EEG signals obtained from freely accessible databases. MATLAB has been used to implement and test the proposed classification algorithm. The analysis in question presents a classification of normal and ictal activities using a feature relied on Hilbert-Huang Transform. Through this method, information related to the intrinsic functions contained in the EEG signal has been extracted to track the local amplitude and the frequency of the signal. Based on this local information, weighted frequencies are calculated and a comparison between ictal and seizure-free determinant intrinsic functions is then performed. Methods of comparison used are the t-test and the Euclidean clustering.

Results: The t-test results in a P-value < 0.02 and the clustering leads to accurate (94%) and specific (96%) results. The proposed method is also contrasted against the Multivariate Empirical Mode Decomposition that reaches 80% accuracy. Comparison results strengthen the contribution of this paper not only from the accuracy point of view but also with respect to its fast response and ease to use.

Conclusion: An original tool for EEG signal processing giving physicians the possibility to diagnose brain functionality abnormalities is presented in this paper. The proposed system bears the potential of providing several credible benefits such as fast diagnosis, high accuracy, good sensitivity and specificity, time saving and user friendly. Furthermore, the classification of mode mixing can be achieved using the extracted instantaneous information of every IMF, but it would be most likely a hard task if only the average value is used. Extra benefits of this proposed system include low cost, and ease of interface. All of that indicate the usefulness of the tool and its use as an efficient diagnostic tool.

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Components of a seizure EEG signal. Decomposition of a seizure EEG signal by EMD. The first time series is the EEG signal. The decomposition yields 10 IMF and a residual. The IMF are the time-frequency constituents or components of the EEG signal. Frequency content is ordered in a descending order. (IMF1 has the highest frequency content).
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Figure 3: Components of a seizure EEG signal. Decomposition of a seizure EEG signal by EMD. The first time series is the EEG signal. The decomposition yields 10 IMF and a residual. The IMF are the time-frequency constituents or components of the EEG signal. Frequency content is ordered in a descending order. (IMF1 has the highest frequency content).

Mentions: In contrast, Figure 3 shows the result of the decomposition applied to an ictal EEG signal (seizure) with the main components of the EEG signal located in the first four modes.


Seizure classification in EEG signals utilizing Hilbert-Huang transform.

Oweis RJ, Abdulhay EW - Biomed Eng Online (2011)

Components of a seizure EEG signal. Decomposition of a seizure EEG signal by EMD. The first time series is the EEG signal. The decomposition yields 10 IMF and a residual. The IMF are the time-frequency constituents or components of the EEG signal. Frequency content is ordered in a descending order. (IMF1 has the highest frequency content).
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Figure 3: Components of a seizure EEG signal. Decomposition of a seizure EEG signal by EMD. The first time series is the EEG signal. The decomposition yields 10 IMF and a residual. The IMF are the time-frequency constituents or components of the EEG signal. Frequency content is ordered in a descending order. (IMF1 has the highest frequency content).
Mentions: In contrast, Figure 3 shows the result of the decomposition applied to an ictal EEG signal (seizure) with the main components of the EEG signal located in the first four modes.

Bottom Line: The proposed system bears the potential of providing several credible benefits such as fast diagnosis, high accuracy, good sensitivity and specificity, time saving and user friendly.Extra benefits of this proposed system include low cost, and ease of interface.All of that indicate the usefulness of the tool and its use as an efficient diagnostic tool.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Biomedical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid 22110, Jordan. oweis@just.edu.jo

ABSTRACT

Background: Classification method capable of recognizing abnormal activities of the brain functionality are either brain imaging or brain signal analysis. The abnormal activity of interest in this study is characterized by a disturbance caused by changes in neuronal electrochemical activity that results in abnormal synchronous discharges. The method aims at helping physicians discriminate between healthy and seizure electroencephalographic (EEG) signals.

Method: Discrimination in this work is achieved by analyzing EEG signals obtained from freely accessible databases. MATLAB has been used to implement and test the proposed classification algorithm. The analysis in question presents a classification of normal and ictal activities using a feature relied on Hilbert-Huang Transform. Through this method, information related to the intrinsic functions contained in the EEG signal has been extracted to track the local amplitude and the frequency of the signal. Based on this local information, weighted frequencies are calculated and a comparison between ictal and seizure-free determinant intrinsic functions is then performed. Methods of comparison used are the t-test and the Euclidean clustering.

Results: The t-test results in a P-value < 0.02 and the clustering leads to accurate (94%) and specific (96%) results. The proposed method is also contrasted against the Multivariate Empirical Mode Decomposition that reaches 80% accuracy. Comparison results strengthen the contribution of this paper not only from the accuracy point of view but also with respect to its fast response and ease to use.

Conclusion: An original tool for EEG signal processing giving physicians the possibility to diagnose brain functionality abnormalities is presented in this paper. The proposed system bears the potential of providing several credible benefits such as fast diagnosis, high accuracy, good sensitivity and specificity, time saving and user friendly. Furthermore, the classification of mode mixing can be achieved using the extracted instantaneous information of every IMF, but it would be most likely a hard task if only the average value is used. Extra benefits of this proposed system include low cost, and ease of interface. All of that indicate the usefulness of the tool and its use as an efficient diagnostic tool.

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