We have designed and constructed a high-speed CCD imaging system for optically detecting neural activity from preparations stained externally with a voltage-sensitive dye, and have used this system to image evoked and epileptiform neural activity in the rat somatosensory cortex. The imaging system uses a commercially available 1/3-inch CCD chip, and it can continuously capture images for more than 8 seconds, at 1000 frames/sec, with spatial resolution of 128 × 62 pixels. The spatial/temporal resolution of the CCD sensor is variable by changing the geometry of on-chip binning pixels, which can be controlled by a PC/AT computer. Dye bleaching correction was not necessary for long-term imaging of epileptiform neural events, since the sensitivity of the CCD sensor was increased by combining the signal from adjacent pixels.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Denshi Gijutsu Sogo Kenkyusho Iho/Bulletin of the Electrotechnical Laboratory|
|Publication status||Published - 1999 Dec 1|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering