Method and apparatus for determining impedance variation at skin / electrode interface Patent uri icon


  • In a medical device that measures electrical signals generated by a patient's body, a system for monitoring the skin / electrode impedance of a patient and compensating for the effects of continuously changing skin impedance is provided. An electrode having a selectively variable impedance applied to a skin of a patient, an instrumentation amplifier coupled to the electrode, an auxiliary filter / gain module, and a servo integrator. A monitoring module; and a test generation module coupled to the monitoring module and the electrode and configured to apply a test signal to the electrode. And a measurement module having a voltage calibrator configured to measure an AC level between the electrodes while the test signal is applied to the electrodes, wherein a total impedance of the electrodes and skin is measured. The gain of the monitoring module is adjusted proportionally.

author list (cited authors)

  • Burns, M., & Fink, R.

complete list of authors

  • Burns, M||Fink, R

publication date

  • May 2013