Circuit topology and control principle for a first magnetic stimulator with fully controllable waveform.

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Magnetic stimulation pulse sources are very inflexible high-power devices. The incorporated circuit topology is usually limited to a single pulse type. However, experimental and theoretical work shows that more freedom in choosing or even designing waveforms could notably enhance existing methods. Beyond that, it even allows entering new fields of application. We propose a technology that can solve the problem. Even in very high frequency ranges, the circuitry is very flexible and is able generate almost every waveform with unrivaled accuracy. This technology can dynamically change between different pulse shapes without any reconfiguration, recharging or other changes; thus the waveform can be modified also during a high-frequency repetitive pulse train. In addition to the option of online design and generation of still unknown waveforms, it amalgamates all existing device types with their specific pulse shapes, which have been leading an independent existence in the past years. These advantages were achieved by giving up the common basis of all magnetic stimulation devices so far, i.e., the high-voltage oscillator. Distributed electronics handle the high power dividing the high voltage and the required switching rate into small portions.





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Goetz, SM, M Pfaeffl, J Huber, M Singer, R Marquardt and T Weyh (2012). Circuit topology and control principle for a first magnetic stimulator with fully controllable waveform. Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Annual International Conference, 2012. pp. 4700–4703. 10.1109/embc.2012.6347016 Retrieved from

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Stefan M Goetz

Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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