fNIR Optical Brain Imaging

fnir oprical brain imaging for in-lab cognitive assessment

Affordable Cognitive Assessment for Your Classroom

Ideal for advanced life science learning or cognitive assessment research,  fNIR functional near infrared optical imaging systems measure oxygen level changes in the prefrontal cortex of human subjects. Each fNIR system provides real-time monitoring of tissue oxygenation in the brain as subjects take tests, perform tasks, or receive stimulation and allows researchers to quantitatively assess brain functions—such as attention, memory, planning, and problem solving—while individuals perform cognitive tasks. The fNIR device provides relative change in hemoglobin levels, calculated using a modified Beer-Lambert law.

The powerful fNIR spectroscopy imaging tool measures NIR light absorbance in blood of hemoglobin with and without oxygen and provides information about ongoing brain activity similar to functional MRI studies. It eliminates many of the drawbacks of fMRI and provides a safe, affordable, noninvasive solution for cognitive function assessment. The technology empowers researchers and life science educators by providing greater flexibility for study design, including working within complex lab environments and operating in non-traditional lab or other learning environments for field studies.

The fNIR device can produce digital TTL output signal through the BNC output port to synchronize any external device with data acquisition events.

Benefits of fNIR Neuroimaging:

  • fNIR is the only stand-alone and field-deployable technology able to determine localized brain activity
  • fNIR can be readily integrated with other physiological and neurobehavioral measures that assess human brain activity, including eye tracking, pupil reflex, respiration and electrodermal activity; fNIR can also complement other techniques
  • Studies have shown a positive correlation between a participant’s performance and fNIR responses as a function of task load
  • It has also been shown that fNIR can effectively monitor attention and working memory in real-life situations
  • The fNIR functional imaging technique gives information about the hemodynamic activity of the cerebral cortex directly underlying a specified source-detector pair; source-signal localization is well defined and measured light intensity reveals the association with hemodynamic changes within ~1-1.5 cm distance from center of source-detector arrangement

To learn more about fNIR technology and applications

(Ayaz, H., Shewokis, P. A., Curtin, A., Izzetoglu, M., Izzetoglu, K., Onaral, B. Using MazeSuite and Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy to Study Learning in Spatial Navigation. J. Vis. Exp. (56), e 3443, DOI: 10.3791/3443 (2011))

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