Bioelectrical Signal Processing in Cardiac and Neurological Applications

Bioelectrical Signal Processing in Cardiac and Neurological Applications

1st Edition - June 15, 2005

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  • Authors: Leif Sörnmo, Pablo Laguna
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780124375529
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080527925

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The analysis of bioelectrical signals continues to receive wide attention in research as well as commercially because novel signal processing techniques have helped to uncover valuable information for improved diagnosis and therapy. This book takes a unique problem-driven approach to biomedical signal processing by considering a wide range of problems in cardiac and neurological applications–the two "heavyweight" areas of biomedical signal processing. The interdisciplinary nature of the topic is reflected in how the text interweaves physiological issues with related methodological considerations. Bioelectrical Signal Processing is suitable for a final year undergraduate or graduate course as well as for use as an authoritative reference for practicing engineers, physicians, and researchers.

Key Features

  • A problem-driven, interdisciplinary presentation of biomedical signal processing
  • Focus on methods for processing of bioelectrical signals (ECG, EEG, evoked potentials, EMG)
  • Covers both classical and recent signal processing techniques
  • Emphasis on model-based statistical signal processing
  • Comprehensive exercises and illustrations
  • Extensive bibliography


Biomedical Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Signal Processing Engineers, Electrocardiologists and other medical professionals involved in biomedical engineering research and biomedical instrument/device development.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
    1. Introduction
    1.1 Biomedical Signal Processing: Objectives and Contexts
    1.2 Basics of Bioelectrical Signals
    1.3 Signal Acquisition and Analysis
    1.4 Performance Evaluation
    2. The Electroencephalogram – A Brief Background
    2.1 The Nervous System
    2.2 The EEG – Electrical Activity Measured on the Scalp
    2.3 Recording Techniques
    2.4 EEG Applications
    3. EEG Signal Processing
    3.1 Modeling the EEG Signal
    3.2 Artifacts in the EEG
    3.3 Nonparametric Spectral Analysis
    3.4 Model-based Spectral Analysis
    3.5 EEG Segmentation
    3.6 Joint Time-Frequency Analysis
    4. Evoked Potentials
    4.1 Evoked Potential Modalities
    4.2 Noise Characteristics
    4.3 Noise Reduction by Ensemble Averaging
    4.4 Noise Reduction by Linear Filtering
    4.5 Single-Trial Analysis Using Basic Functions
    4.6 Adaptive Analysis Using Basis Functions
    4.7 Wavelets
    5. The Electromyogram
    5.1 The Electrical Activity of Muscles
    5.2 Amplitude Estimation in the Surface EMG
    5.3 Spectral Analysis of the Surface EMG
    5.4 Conduction Velocity Estimation
    5.5 Modeling the Intramuscular EMG
    5.6 Intramuscular EMG Signal Decomposition
    6. The Electrocardiogram – A Brief Background
    6.1 Electrical Activity of the Heart
    6.2 Generation and Recording of an ECG
    6.3 Heart Rhythms
    6.4 Heartbeat Morphologies
    6.5 Noise and Artifacts
    6.6 Clinical Applications
    7. ECG Signal Processing
    7.1 Baseline Wander
    7.2 Powerline Interference (50/60 Hz)
    7.3 Muscle Noise Filtering
    7.4 QRS Detection
    7.5 Wave Delineation
    7.6 Data Compression
    8. ECG Signal Processing: Heart Rate Variability
    8.1 Acquisition and RR Interval Conditioing
    8.2 Time Domain Measures

    8.3 Heart Rhythm Representations
    8.4 Spectral Analysis of Heart Rate Variability
    8.5 Clustering of Beat Morphologies
    8.6 Dealing with Ectopic Beats
    8.7 Interaction with Other Physiological Signals
    Appendix A: Review of Important Concepts
    A.1 Matrix Fundamentals
    A.2 Discrete-Time Stochastic Process
    Appendix B: Symbols and Abbreviations
    B.1 Mathematical Symbols
    B.2 Abbreviations

Product details

  • No. of pages: 688
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2005
  • Published: June 15, 2005
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780124375529
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080527925

About the Authors

Leif Sörnmo

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Electrical Engineering, Lund University Lund, Sweden

Pablo Laguna

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Electrical Engineering and Aragon Institute of Engineering Research, Zaragoza University, Zaragoza, Spain.

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