Technical Details of the Implantable Myoelectric Sensor (IMES) System for Multifunction Prosthesis Control

Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2005;2005:7337-40. doi: 10.1109/IEMBS.2005.1616206.


The limitation of current prostheses is not the devices themselves but rather the lack of sufficient independent control sources. A system capable of reading intra muscular EMG signals would greatly increase the number control sources available for prosthesis control. We are developing a multichannel/multifunction prosthetic hand/arm controller system capable of receiving and processing signals from up to sixteen implanted bipolar differential electromyographic (EMG) electrodes. An external prosthesis controller will decipher user intent from telemetry sent over a transcutaneous magnetic link by the implanted electrodes. The same link will provide power for the implanted electrodes. This paper describes some of the technical aspects of the implant and telemetry design.