A portable device for recording evoked potentials, optimized for pattern ERG

Stephen P. McInturff, William J. Buchser

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Recording evoked potentials in un-anesthetized animals and people is a powerful technique to non-invasively measure the function of neurons. As such, the primary output neurons of the eye can be assessed by the pattern electroretinogram (PERG). Currently, electro-physiologic setups to perform PERG or related recordings are costly, complicated, and non-portable. Here, we design a simple steady-state PERG system, based off an Arduino board. The amplifier is built on a shield that fits over a microcontroller board, an Arduino, which digitizes the signal and sends it to a computer that presents stimuli then records and analyzes the evoked potentials. We used the device to record PERG accurately with a sensitivity as low as half a microvolt. The device has also been designed to implement other evoked potential recordings. This simple device can be quickly constructed and used for experiments in moving systems. Additionally, this device can be used to expose students in underserved areas to research technology that they would otherwise not have access to.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-76
Number of pages8
JournalBiomedizinische Technik
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016


  • Arduino
  • PERG
  • evoked potentials
  • glaucoma
  • pattern electroretinogram
  • retinal ganglion cell


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