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Multi-electrode Electromyography Device for Imagin

Multi-electrode Electromyography Device for Imaging Skeletal Muscle

Quote: KT164280

The Challenge

Conventional electromyography (EMG) measures activity generated within skeletal muscle using a concentric metal needle which has a single recording surface at the needle tip. The area of the recording surface is ~1mm which is smaller than a typical muscle motor unit. The resulting signal is therefore derived from a small subset of muscle fibres in a motor unit. Routine EMG interpretation is therefore highly subjective with poor diagnostic accuracy. Furthermore in a diffuse neuromuscular disorder, such as Motor Neuron Disease, the needle must be repositioned several times in each muscle increasing the discomfort for the patient and the time taken to acquire sufficient information to make a diagnosis.

The Solution

Newcastle University has developed a multi-electrode needle capable of recording skeletal muscle electrical activity from multiple sensing positions simultaneously from a single needle location site. This technology offers improved measurement accuracy, faster generation of data and therefore quicker diagnosis of neuromuscular conditions and reduced pain for patients during the procedure.

The Opportunity

We are interested in out-licensing the technology and/or identifying collaborative industrial partners. The device has the potential to be applied to human and veterinary fields.

Intellectual Property Status

Currently at International stage PCT/GB2016/053152
Title: Probe response signals
Application no: PCT/GB2016/053152
Filing Date: 12/10/2016
Applicant: University of Newcastle upon Tyne


Dr Marie Labus, Enterprise Team, Research & Enterprise Services, Newcastle University, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Framlington Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4HH