A clinic compatible, open source electrophysiology system

Annu Int Conf IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2016 Aug;2016:4511-4514. doi: 10.1109/EMBC.2016.7591730.


Open source electrophysiology (ephys) recording systems have several advantages over commercial systems such as customization and affordability enabling more researchers to conduct ephys experiments. Notable open source ephys systems include Open-Ephys, NeuroRighter and more recently Willow, all of which have high channel count (64+), scalability, and advanced software to develop on top of. However, little work has been done to build an open source ephys system that is clinic compatible, particularly in the operating room where acute human electrocorticography (ECoG) research is performed. We developed an affordable (<; $10,000) and open system for research purposes that features power isolation for patient safety, compact and water resistant enclosures and 256 recording channels sampled up to 20ksam/sec, 16-bit. The system was validated by recording ECoG with a high density, thin film device for an acute, awake craniotomy study at UC San Diego, Thornton Hospital Operating Room.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Craniotomy
  • Data Collection / instrumentation*
  • Electrocorticography / instrumentation*
  • Electrophysiology / instrumentation*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Software*
  • Wakefulness