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Breen, PP,Corley, GJ,O'Keeffe, DT,Conway, R,OLaighin, G
Medical Engineering & Physics
A programmable and portable NMES device for drop foot correction and blood flow assist applications
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Drop foot Electrical stimulation NMES Blood flow Rehabilitation Portable Programmable Stimulator Adaptive stimulation ELECTRICAL-STIMULATION GASTROCNEMIUS-MUSCLE SENSOR SYSTEM PHASE GAIT
The Duo-STIM, a new, programmable and portable neuromuscular stimulation system for drop foot correction and blood flow assist applications is presented. The system consists of a programmer unit and a portable, programmable stimulator unit. The portable stimulator features fully programmable, sensor-controlled, constant-voltage, dual-channel stimulation and accommodates a range of customized stimulation profiles. Trapezoidal and free-form adaptive stimulation intensity envelope algorithms are provided for drop foot correction applications, while time dependent and activity dependent algorithms are provided for blood flow assist applications. A variety of sensor types can be used with the portable unit, including force sensitive resistor-based foot switches and MEMS-based accelerometer and gyroscope devices. The paper provides a detailed description of the hardware and block-level system design for both units. The programming and operating procedures for the system are also presented. Finally, functional bench test results for the system are presented. (c) 2008 IPEM. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
DOI 10.1016/j.medengphy.2008.05.003
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