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A Fuzzy Logic System for Seizure Onset Detection in Intracranial EEG

DOI: 10.1155/2012/705140

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We present a multistage fuzzy rule-based algorithm for epileptic seizure onset detection. Amplitude, frequency, and entropy-based features were extracted from intracranial electroencephalogram (iEEG) recordings and considered as the inputs for a fuzzy system. These features extracted from multichannel iEEG signals were combined using fuzzy algorithms both in feature domain and in spatial domain. Fuzzy rules were derived based on experts' knowledge and reasoning. An adaptive fuzzy subsystem was used for combining characteristics features extracted from iEEG. For the spatial combination, three channels from epileptogenic zone and one from remote zone were considered into another fuzzy subsystem. Finally, a threshold procedure was applied to the fuzzy output derived from the final fuzzy subsystem. The method was evaluated on iEEG datasets selected from Freiburg Seizure Prediction EEG (FSPEEG) database. A total of 112.45 hours of intracranial EEG recordings was selected from 20 patients having 56 seizures was used for the system performance evaluation. The overall sensitivity of 95.8% with false detection rate of 0.26 per hour and average detection latency of 15.8 seconds was achieved. 1. Introduction Epilepsy is the most common neurological disorder which affects 1–3% world’s population [1–3]. It is characterized by the occurrence of two or more unprovoked epileptic seizures which are abnormal rhythmic discharge of electrical activity of the brain [1–6]. A seizure is defined as a paroxysmal alteration of one or more neurological functions such as motor, behavior, and/or autonomic functions [1]. Epileptic seizures are episodic, rapidly evolving temporary events. Typically, the duration of epileptic seizure is less than a minute [1–3]. Though the mechanism behind epileptic seizure is not completely known yet, a seizure event can be described as the increased network excitation of the neural networks with synchronous discharge as well as variable propagation in brain [1, 2]. In focal epilepsy, ictal manifestations may localize in a specific brain region, whereas in generalized epilepsy the whole brain could be candidate for seizure events [1, 2]. Electroencephalogram (EEG) is the most widely used measure for diagnosis of neurological disorders such as epilepsy in clinical settings. Long-term monitoring of EEG is one of the most efficient ways for diagnosis of epilepsy by providing information about patterns of brain electrical activity, type, and frequency of seizures, and seizure focus laterality [1–3, 7]. In long-term monitoring, ictal EEG recording is


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