Use of dry electroencephalogram and support vector for objective pain assessment

Chika Okolo, Ahmet Omurtag

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The reliability of normal gel-based electrode electroencephalogram (EEG) for measuring pain has been validated. To date, however, few documented trials have used dry EEG for pain quantification. The primary goal of this study was to objectively quantify pain using dry EEG in conjunction with a support vector machine (SVM). SVMs have been proven accurate for classifying pain intensity. The authors believe that EEG combined with an SVM could increase the statistical power of pain assessment. Currently, clinicians primarily rely on verbal (i.e., subjective) reports for assessing pain; therefore, the research described here could offer a method to objectively monitor pain, eliminate observer error, and individualize treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)372-378
Number of pages7
JournalBiomedical Instrumentation and Technology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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