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A systematic study of head tissue inhomogeneity and anisotropy on EEG forward problem computing

A systematic study of head tissue inhomogeneity and anisotropy on EEG forward problem computing

Authors: 
M.R. Bashar, Y. Li & P. Wen
Year: 
2010
Journal: 
Australasian Physical & Engineering Science in Medicine
Abstract: 

In this study, we propose a stochastic method to analyze the effects of inhomogeneous anisotropic tissue conductivity on electroencephalogram (EEG) in forward computation. We apply this method to an inhomogeneous and anisotropic spherical human head model. We apply stochastic finite element method based on Legendre polynomials, Karhunen–Loeve expansion and stochastic Galerkin methods. We apply Volume and Wang’s constraints to restrict the anisotropic conductivities for both the white matter (WM) and the skull tissue compartments. The EEGs resulting from deterministic and stochastic FEMs are compared using statistical measurement techniques. Based on these comparisons, we find that EEGs generated by incorporating WM and skull inhomogeneous anisotropic tissue properties individually result in an average of 56.5 and 57.5% relative errors, respectively. Incorporating these tissue properties for both layers together generate 43.5% average relative error. Inhomogeneous scalp tissue causes 27% average relative error and a full inhomogeneous anisotropic model brings in an average of 45.5% relative error. The study results demonstrate that the effects of inhomogeneous anisotropic tissue conductivity are significant on EEG.

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