Reduced spatial focality of electrical field in tDCS with ring electrodes due to tissue anisotropy

Hyun Sang Suh, Won Hee Lee, Young Sun Cho, Ji Hwan Kim, Tae Seong Kim

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Abstract

For effective stimulation with tDCS, spatial focality of induced electrical field (EF) is one of the important factors to be considered. Recently, there have been some studies to improve the spatial focality via different types of electrodes and their new configurations: some improvements using ring electrodes were reported over the conventional pad electrodes. However, most of these studies assumed isotropic conductivities in the head. In this work, we have investigated the effect of tissue anisotropy on the spatial focality of tDCS with the 4+1 ring electrode configuration via a 3-D high-resolution finite element (FE) head model with anisotropic conductivities in the skull and white matter. By examining the profiles of the induced EF from the head models with isotropic and anisotropic conductivities respectively, we found that the spatial focality of the induced EF significantly drops and get diffused due to tissue anisotropy. Our analysis suggests that it is critical to incorporate tissue anisotropy in the stimulation of the brain via tDCS.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2010 Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC'10
Pages2053-2056
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event2010 32nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC'10 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: 31 Aug 20104 Sep 2010

Publication series

Name2010 Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC'10

Conference

Conference2010 32nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC'10
Country/TerritoryArgentina
CityBuenos Aires
Period31/08/104/09/10

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