ANI research infrastructure houses four functional neuroimaging modalities, navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) at Aalto TMS, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) at Advanced Magnetic Imaging (AMI) Centre, magnetoencephalography (MEG) at MEG Core and Aalto Behavioral Laboratory (ABL).
Aalto Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Aalto TMS offers researchers unique possibilities for multi-modal neuroimaging techniques. The laboratory contains top-of-the-line electroencelography (EEG) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) systems. Neuronavigated TMS-system with two stimulation units and various coils makes numerous TMS and rTMS examination setups possible. 64 ch EEG-system, specially designed for co-registration with TMS, can be used to map stimulus responses simultaneously. The laboratory also contains stimulus system for visual studies with Matlab, E-Prime and Presentation softwares available.
Aalto TMS was inaugurated in early 2013. Our main research tools are two neuronavigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) systems (Bistim2 & Rapid2, Magstim) compined with electroencephalogram (EEG) mapping (NeurOne, Mega Electronics Ltd). The lab is based in Magneettitalo in Otaniemi, and the close proximity of MRI-scanner makes it easy to compine anatomical MRI-images to TMS neuronavigation and makes offline fMRI-TMS studies accessible.
The laboratory locates in Otakaari 5 I, close to ANI facilities like AMI Centre and Aalto TMS. See all the relevant information and documents from the dropdown menus below.
Before starting measurements in Aalto TMS you have to:
- Participate in Aalto TMS lab's user training and safety course. The course contains safety information and user training for the measurement systems. For information about the course and course schedules please contact [email protected]
- All studies involving human subjects must acquire a supporting statement from appropriate ethics committee (e.g. from Aalto University (available only from Aalto network), Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (in Finnish) or University of Helsinki).
- The scientific director accepts the research permission, which includes among others signature by the principal investigator, the names of people who are allowed to make reservations with this research permission, and the number of hours, which are also denoted in the financial obligation by the user.
- Laboratory can be reserved at the internet.
For additional information contact [email protected] .
Neuronavigated TMS systems article includes Magstim Bistim², Magstim Super Rapid² Plus¹ and Coils
Information about NeurOne EEG system used in Aalto TMS
Information about the visual system setup
Miscellaneous equipment available at Aalto TMS
|Magstim BiStim Quick Start|
|Magstim Super Rabid Plus Quick Start|
|Visor2 Neuronavigation Quick Start|
|NeurOne EEG Quick Start|
Measuring at Aalto TMS is subject to a charge. With the exeption of pilot studies which are free of charge. The hourly rate depends on measuring time and on if the user is part of Aalto University/NEUROIMAGING-agreement or an external user.
All the ANI laboratories and some of the equipment (when used separately outside the lab) must be reserved before use. To make a reservation you need a username and password for the reservation system (anitime.aalto.fi). Check "Starting measurement" for details.
AMI Centre / ABL / Aalto TMS
AMI Centre, ABL and Aalto TMS are located in the same building as A Grid, in a separate wing right next to a small pond. Address: Otakaari 5 (I-wing), Magneettitalo, 02150 Espoo. The main entrances are located on the east and west sides of the wing. The front doors are open at 8.00 - 15.30 on weekdays.
Aalto Behavioral Laboratory (ABL) has various different monitoring and stimulus systems for behavioral studies in controlled environment. The laboratory consists of two measurement rooms: a shielded room which is especially intended for EEG and remote eye tracking measurements; and a room for behavioral measurements which doesn’t require shielded conditions.
AMI Centre maintains a research-dedicated 3T-MRI scanner, develops and maintains the related infrastructure and offers services to multiple research teams. Typical measurements at AMI Centre include functional and structural brain imaging or diffusion tensor imaging. In addition, AMI Centre develops new methods and applications of MRI technology.
MEG Core offers excellent environment for MEG measurements. MEG Core has a modern 306-channel MEG device (Elekta Neuromag™, Elekta Oy, Helsinki, Finland) in a high-end 3-layered magneticaly shielded roo (Imedco AG, Hägendorf, Switzerland). MEG Core has extremely low magnetic ambient noise level. MEG Core has a wide variety of MEG-compatible stimulators and monitoring devices.