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J Neural Eng. 2008 Dec;5(4):411-21. doi: 10.1088/1741-2560/5/4/006. Epub 2008 Oct 29.

Quantitative evaluation of photic driving response for computer-aided diagnosis.

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Department of Bio-system Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Yamagata University, Yonezawa, Yamagata 992-8510, Japan.


The aim of our research is the quantification of the photic driving response, a routine electroencephalogram (EEG) examination, for computer-aided diagnosis. It is well known that the EEG responds not only to the fundamental frequency but also to all sub and higher harmonics of a stimulus. In this study, we propose a method for detecting and evaluating responses in screening data for individuals. This method consists of two comparisons based on statistical tests. One is an intraindividual comparison between the EEG at rest and the photic stimulation (PS) response reflecting enhancement and suppression by PS, and the other is a comparison between data from an individual and a distribution of normals reflecting the position of the individual's data in the distribution of normals in the normal database. These tests were evaluated using the Z-value based on the Mann-Whitney U-test. We measured EEGs from 130 normal subjects and 30 patients with any of schizophrenia, dementia and epilepsy. Normal data were divided into two groups, the first consisting of 100 data for database construction and the second of 30 data for test data. Using our method, a prominent statistical peak of the Z-value was recognized even if the harmonics and alpha band overlapped. Moreover, we found a statistical difference between patients and the normal database at diagnostically helpful frequencies such as subharmonics, the fundamental wave, higher harmonics and the alpha frequency band.

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