Equalization for intracortical microstimulation artifact reduction.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1109/embc.2013.6609483
We present a method for decreasing the duration of artifacts present during intra-cortical microstimulation (ICMS) recordings by using techniques developed for digital communications. We replace the traditional monophasic or biphasic current stimulation pulse with a patterned pulse stream produced by a Zero Forcing Equalizer (ZFE) filter after characterizing the artifact as a communications channel. The results find that using the ZFE stimulus has the potential to reduce artifact width by more than 70%. Considerations for the hardware implementation of the equalizer are presented.