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In Vivo Demonstration of Addressable Microstimulators Powered by Rectification of Epidermically Applied Currents for Miniaturized Neuroprostheses.

Becerra-Fajardo L, Ivorra A - PLoS ONE (2015)

Bottom Line: This approach has the potential to result in an unprecedented level of miniaturization as no bulky parts such as coils or batteries are included in the implant.In addition, we numerically show that the high frequency current bursts comply with safety standards both in terms of tissue heating and unwanted electro-stimulation.We demonstrate that addressable microstimulators powered by rectification of epidermically applied currents are feasible.

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Affiliation: Department of Information and Communication Technologies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain.

ABSTRACT
Electrical stimulation is used in order to restore nerve mediated functions in patients with neurological disorders, but its applicability is constrained by the invasiveness of the systems required to perform it. As an alternative to implantable systems consisting of central stimulation units wired to the stimulation electrodes, networks of wireless microstimulators have been devised for fine movement restoration. Miniaturization of these microstimulators is currently hampered by the available methods for powering them. Previously, we have proposed and demonstrated a heterodox electrical stimulation method based on electronic rectification of high frequency current bursts. These bursts can be delivered through textile electrodes on the skin. This approach has the potential to result in an unprecedented level of miniaturization as no bulky parts such as coils or batteries are included in the implant. We envision microstimulators designs based on application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) that will be flexible, thread-like (diameters < 0.5 mm) and not only with controlled stimulation capabilities but also with sensing capabilities for artificial proprioception. We in vivo demonstrate that neuroprostheses composed of addressable microstimulators based on this electrical stimulation method are feasible and can perform controlled charge-balanced electrical stimulation of muscles. We developed miniature external circuit prototypes connected to two bipolar probes that were percutaneously implanted in agonist and antagonist muscles of the hindlimb of an anesthetized rabbit. The electronic implant architecture was able to decode commands that were amplitude modulated on the high frequency (1 MHz) auxiliary current bursts. The devices were capable of independently stimulating the target tissues, accomplishing controlled dorsiflexion and plantarflexion joint movements. In addition, we numerically show that the high frequency current bursts comply with safety standards both in terms of tissue heating and unwanted electro-stimulation. We demonstrate that addressable microstimulators powered by rectification of epidermically applied currents are feasible.

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Force acquisition setup.The ankle of the animal is fixed on a horizontal surface and the foot is fixed to a load cell. Two textile electrodes strapped around the limb are connected to the high voltage amplifier in order to conductively supply high frequency current to the tissues.
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pone.0131666.g005: Force acquisition setup.The ankle of the animal is fixed on a horizontal surface and the foot is fixed to a load cell. Two textile electrodes strapped around the limb are connected to the high voltage amplifier in order to conductively supply high frequency current to the tissues.

Mentions: The generated signal was delivered across a pair of 3 cm wide band electrodes made from silver-based stretchable conductive fabric (MedTex P-180 by Statex) strapped around the rabbit’s hindlimb where the bipolar probes were implanted (Fig 4 and Fig 5). The signal amplitude was relatively high (in the order of 50 Vpeak) and was adjusted so that the ratio between it and the average separation between the external electrodes was approximately 6 V/cm.


In Vivo Demonstration of Addressable Microstimulators Powered by Rectification of Epidermically Applied Currents for Miniaturized Neuroprostheses.

Becerra-Fajardo L, Ivorra A - PLoS ONE (2015)

Force acquisition setup.The ankle of the animal is fixed on a horizontal surface and the foot is fixed to a load cell. Two textile electrodes strapped around the limb are connected to the high voltage amplifier in order to conductively supply high frequency current to the tissues.
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pone.0131666.g005: Force acquisition setup.The ankle of the animal is fixed on a horizontal surface and the foot is fixed to a load cell. Two textile electrodes strapped around the limb are connected to the high voltage amplifier in order to conductively supply high frequency current to the tissues.
Mentions: The generated signal was delivered across a pair of 3 cm wide band electrodes made from silver-based stretchable conductive fabric (MedTex P-180 by Statex) strapped around the rabbit’s hindlimb where the bipolar probes were implanted (Fig 4 and Fig 5). The signal amplitude was relatively high (in the order of 50 Vpeak) and was adjusted so that the ratio between it and the average separation between the external electrodes was approximately 6 V/cm.

Bottom Line: This approach has the potential to result in an unprecedented level of miniaturization as no bulky parts such as coils or batteries are included in the implant.In addition, we numerically show that the high frequency current bursts comply with safety standards both in terms of tissue heating and unwanted electro-stimulation.We demonstrate that addressable microstimulators powered by rectification of epidermically applied currents are feasible.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Information and Communication Technologies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain.

ABSTRACT
Electrical stimulation is used in order to restore nerve mediated functions in patients with neurological disorders, but its applicability is constrained by the invasiveness of the systems required to perform it. As an alternative to implantable systems consisting of central stimulation units wired to the stimulation electrodes, networks of wireless microstimulators have been devised for fine movement restoration. Miniaturization of these microstimulators is currently hampered by the available methods for powering them. Previously, we have proposed and demonstrated a heterodox electrical stimulation method based on electronic rectification of high frequency current bursts. These bursts can be delivered through textile electrodes on the skin. This approach has the potential to result in an unprecedented level of miniaturization as no bulky parts such as coils or batteries are included in the implant. We envision microstimulators designs based on application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) that will be flexible, thread-like (diameters < 0.5 mm) and not only with controlled stimulation capabilities but also with sensing capabilities for artificial proprioception. We in vivo demonstrate that neuroprostheses composed of addressable microstimulators based on this electrical stimulation method are feasible and can perform controlled charge-balanced electrical stimulation of muscles. We developed miniature external circuit prototypes connected to two bipolar probes that were percutaneously implanted in agonist and antagonist muscles of the hindlimb of an anesthetized rabbit. The electronic implant architecture was able to decode commands that were amplitude modulated on the high frequency (1 MHz) auxiliary current bursts. The devices were capable of independently stimulating the target tissues, accomplishing controlled dorsiflexion and plantarflexion joint movements. In addition, we numerically show that the high frequency current bursts comply with safety standards both in terms of tissue heating and unwanted electro-stimulation. We demonstrate that addressable microstimulators powered by rectification of epidermically applied currents are feasible.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus