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Chronic recording capability of the Utah Intracortical Electrode Array in cat sensory cortex

Journal of Neuroscience Methods
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DOI: 10.1016/s0165-0270(98)00031-4
  • Chronic Implant
  • Multielectrode Array
  • Neural Recordings
  • Cortical Histology
  • Biology
  • Design
  • Medicine


Abstract The Utah Intracortical Electrode Array (UIEA) is an array of 100 penetrating silicon microelectrodes designed to focally electrically stimulate or record neurons residing in a single layer up to 1.5 mm beneath the surface of the cerebral cortex. Apart from its use as a unique tool to study parallel processing in the central nervous system, this array could form the platform for a cortical neuroprosthetic system. Although the UIEA has been used extensively in acute neural recording and stimulation experiments, its long-term performance in a chronic application has yet to be demonstrated. As an initial investigation into the feasibility of long-term cortical recording with an array of microelectrodes, we have hard-wired a subset of 11 electrodes of the UIEA to a percutaneous connector. This chronic UIEA assembly was then implanted into the cerebral cortices of ten cats for durations ranging from 2 to 13 months; over which time, both random and stimulus-evoked single and multiple unit action potentials were periodically recorded. On average, after a 6-month implant period, 60% of implanted arrays could still record some type of activity. Post-sacrifice dissections revealed a fibrous encapsulation of the UIEA. Although most implanted cortex was histologically normal, evidence of a chronic astroglial response was seen in a few cases. The results of the reported experiments indicate that the UIEA can be successfully used for limited times in a chronic recording application.

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