Jitter analysis utilizing a high speed FM tape recorder

Nazliel B., Kuruoğlu R.

Electromyography and Clinical Neurophysiology, vol.40, no.6, pp.339-343, 2000 (Scopus) identifier identifier


Jitter analysis in single fiber EMG (SFEMG) is usually done on-line during recording. However, this technique frequently prolongs the study and makes re-analysis impossible. We attempted to measure jitter with a high speed FM tape recorder and compare the results with the previously published values. SFEMG data, acquired with voluntary activation on extensor digitorum communis muscle of 25 healthy relatives of children with myasthenia gravis were retrospectively analyzed. Fiber density (FD) was estimated on-line. Five to 18 single fiber action potential (SFAP) pairs were studied in each subject. The wow of the tape recorder was 6 μs. Mean (SD) (upper 95th percentile) FD, individual jitter, highest jitter, mean jitter and interspike interval were 1.60 (0.18) (1.90), 25.30 (11.20) (57.00) μs, 31.24 (6.87) (47.00) μs, 25.08 (5.04) (43.00) μs, and 0.67 (0.11) (0.91) ms respectively. Mean jitter in the pooled SFAP pairs and mean MCD were found to be lower than the published values of the Ad Hoc Committee of the AAEM Special Interest Group on Single Fiber EMG. A high speed FM tape recorder can be reliably used for the off-line analysis of jitter.