The use of a bone-anchored device to transmit electrical signals from internalized muscle electrodes was studied in a sheep model. The bone-anchored device was used as a conduit for the passage of a wire connecting an internal epimysial electrode to an external signal-recording device. The bone-anchored device was inserted into an intact tibia and the electrode attached to the adjacent M. peroneus tertius. "Physiological" signals with low signal-to-noise ratios were successfully obtained over a 12-week period by walking the sheep on a treadmill. Reliable transmission of multiple muscle signals across the skin barrier is essential for providing intuitive, biomimetic upper limb prostheses. This technology has the potential to provide a better functional and reliable solution for upper limb amputee rehabilitation: attachment and control.
- Artificial Limbs
- Electrodes, Implanted
- Muscle, Skeletal
- Signal Processing, Computer-Assisted
- Signal-To-Noise Ratio
- Suture Anchors
- Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't