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    Dear List Members,

    Last week I submitted the following question to the list members:

    "For our laboratory we are looking to purchase an EMG system to make
    recordings from dynamic muscle studies, co-activation of the
    quadriceps and hamstrings particularly. It will be looked at
    alongside torque readings from an isokinetic dynamometer. Can anyone
    recommend a good manufacturer of hardware and/or software for such a
    use, preferably a UK-based company although not a pre-req? We have
    contacted a few firms (Digitimer Ltd, Biopac Systems Inc) but any
    information on what others are using successfully at present would be
    helpful. Thanking you in advance for your help. As usual a summary of
    replies will be posted for all to read."


    Following is a brief compilation of EMG systems that were recommended
    (as I received so many responses only those mentioned a number of
    times have been included and a list of those who responded would have
    been very long - thank you all) have a uk distributor (Median Systems Ltd-01258
    858999 - Richard Brown): widely used in UK.

    Noraxon (Myo1400). Flexible, and mobile, and will play nicely with
    isokinetic devices.

    Mega Electronics in Finland ( UK distributor is Cranlea
    (Birmingham). Their email is, tel. 0121-4720361
    and fax. 0121-4726262. Contact person: Graham Barnickle. Grass EMG amplifiers (model P511 or
    CP511 best-excellent research quality, Model P55 less expensive
    alternative-good for most research and student labs). All these amps
    are highly adjustable by the user (amplification level, high & low
    pass filters etc).

    For data acquisition: hardware (model 1401 A/D) and software (Spike2)
    from Cambridge Electronic Design (in the UK)
    The CED equipment is excellent in terms of capacity, flexibility and
    easy to use. Support is excellent.

    Website: Contact person: Bill Cooper, Sales
    Director, Digitimer Ltd. Tel: +44 (0)1707 328347, Fax: +44 (0)1707
    373153, E-mail: Contact: Rick Lambert,, for
    RUN Technologies.

    telemetry system by Konigsberg Instruments. contact person: Bill
    Mills. email: konigsbg@PACBELL.NET.

    Try Verity Medical, a UK based company. They have a very good
    portable 2 channel EMG/Stimulation system, Neurotrac 5, at a very
    affordable price ~£600 exc VAT. Contact: Alice Gooch, Contact person: Greg Prescott,
    Lafayette Instrument, Europe Campden Instruments Ltd, UK. Tel +44
    (0)1509 817700 Fax +44 (0)1509 817701

    Dr. Malcolm Ellis, Managing Director, MIE Medical Research Ltd. MT8 system, and the Myo-Dat software is
    capable of importing real time data from an Isokinetic dynamometer
    together with EMG signals.


    To all those who made suggestions and contacted me, thank you very
    much for your help, advice and direction. It was much appreciated.

    Roz Coombs
    Research Assistant and PhD Student
    University of East London, UK

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