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Portable Device for Detection of Petit Mal Epilepsy

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3 Author(s)
Richard G. Smith ; University of Arizona Health Science Center ; James C. Houge ; John G. Webster

We have developed and tested a portable device that analyzes the electroencephalogram (EEG) to determine if petit mal epilepsy waveforms are present. Clinicians should rimd it useful in diagnosing seizure activity of their patients. The micropower, battery-operated, portable device indicates a seizure has occurred if three criteria are satisfied: 1) frequencies of 2.5-7 Hz, 2) large amplitude waves, and 3) minimum number of waves per second. Levels and counts are adjustable, thus insuring high reliability against noise artifacts and permitting each subject to be individually fitted. The device has shown promise in giving the patient a possible mechanism of seizure control or suppression.

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IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering  (Volume:BME-26 ,  Issue: 8 )