COLUMBIA, Md. — Shimadzu Scientific Instruments (SSI) announces the release of its LIGHTNIRS functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) system. LIGHTNIRS expands opportunities for brain imaging research by providing high-quality Blood Oxygen Level Dependent (BOLD) signals of the cerebral cortex in a compact, wearable design.
LIGHTNIRS incorporates safe, yet powerful, Class 1 three-wavelength semiconductor lasers and photodiode detectors to provide superior signal quality and sensitivity that ensures the highest signal quality while maintaining the portability features. An advanced integrated probe design enables a unique mounting of the fiber optic and optode holder device to facilitate a sensitive connection to the head. A flexible fiber arrangement allows users to easily adjust the setup for effective measurement of any brain region of interest. Additionally, specially designed holders or caps enable application-specific measurements including cognitive neuroscience research, motor measurements, as well as medical and rehabilitation research.
Connection to a laptop for instrument control, data acquisition, and data analysis increases portability. A graphical user interface enables multimodal measurements and integration of complex neural and physiological information. During acquisition, data are displayed in real time as both trend graphs and as heat maps, providing instant feedback on localized brain activity. Batch processing and statistical analyses, such as independent component analysis, provide a simple solution for visualizing complex data. LIGHTNIRS and its software also facilitate multi-brain imaging with the synchronization of up to four LIGHTNIRS units.
For more information on the LIGHTNIRS functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) system, go to http://www.ssi.shimadzu.com/products/product.cfm?product=LIGHTNIRS.