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Alpha Frequency Estimation in Patients With Epilepsy
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health. (Barnneurologisk forskning/Ahlsten)
2012 (English)In: Clinical EEG and Neuroscience, ISSN 1550-0594, Vol. 43, no 2, 97-104 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We report comparison and assessment of the clinical utility of different automated methods for the estimation of the alpha frequency in electroencephalograph (EEG) and compare them with visual evaluation. A total of 56 consecutive patients, aged 17 to 78 years, who had a routine EEG recording, were included, and they were grouped as patients with epilepsy (Ep) and without epilepsy (nEp). Five different methods were used for alpha frequency estimation: visually guided manual counting and visually guided Fourier transform, and 3 methods were fully automated: time domain estimation of alpha (automatic assessment of alpha waves in time domain [ATD]) and 2 fast Fourier transform (FFT)-based methods, a segmented (automatic assessment of EEG segments by FFT) and one full FFT (automatic assessment of whole EEG by one FFT of the full recording [AWF]). The AWF discriminated significantly between Ep and nEp. Visually guided manual counting showed an almost significant difference independently in the 2 occipital electrodes. The ATD underestimated high frequencies and returned a too low mean frequency. This study shows that AWF is the best suited method for automatic assessment of the alpha frequency.

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2012. Vol. 43, no 2, 97-104 p.
Keyword [en]
alpha rhythm, anticonvulsants, antiepileptic drugs, electroencephalography, epilepsy
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-178147DOI: 10.1177/1550059411433611ISI: 000305836500002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-178147DiVA: diva2:542190
Available from: 2012-07-30 Created: 2012-07-30 Last updated: 2013-04-17Bibliographically approved

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