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).
Advanced Magnetic Imaging Centre
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.
AMI Centre was inaugurated in February 2002. Our main research tool is a 3 T whole-body MRI scanner (Magnetom Skyra, Siemens), owned by the Aalto University School of Science.
AMI Centre is an administrative subdivision of the Department of Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering at Aalto University School of Science, but it has independent budgetary authority. AMI Centre is part of NEUROIMAGING consortium, whose steering board comprises two members from Aalto University, two from the University of Helsinki, and two from Hospital district of Helsinki and Uusimaa. AMI Centre provides an innovative environment for development and promotion of new magnetic resonance imaging methods. If you would like know more about AMI Centre and research, please see the annual reports.
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.
There are few requirements, before you can scan at AMI:
- A new user has to pass AMI Centre's safety course, which includes a video lecture, hands-on demonstration at the scanner, and examination. The technical director organizes the safety course several times per year. The safety course and rigorous MR safety procedures has kept us free from any MRI-related medical emergencies during the eight year of operation
- A new user has an obligation to become acquainted with AMI Centre's Safety and Operations instructions.
- All studies involving human subjects, must acquire a supporting statement from appropriate ethics committee (e.g. from Aalto University, Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa or University of Helsinki).
- The scientific director accepts the research permission (document page), 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.
- AMI scanner can be reserved at the internet. When reserving scanner hours, the user can also request for participation of the radiographer. Confirmation of the participation is sent by e-mail.
Please note, that if you plan to conduct measurements at the AMI Centre you must read the AMI Safety and Operation Instructions before you submit your Request to conduct research to AMI Centre's Scientific Director.
If you need other services, please contact AMI core personnel.
Information about our 3T scanner and available RF coils
Information about the monitoring devices available in AMI Centre.
Information about the stimulus systems available in AMI Centre.
Information about the different response devices available in AMI Centre.
AMI network in a nutshell, image grace period information and how to remotely connect to AMI network.
Information about the acoustic noise in MRI, slice order, separate preparation room and an introduction guide for user.
A new user has to pass AMI Centre's safety course, which includes a video lecture, hands-on demonstration at the scanner, and examination. The technical director organizes the safety course several times per year. For more information about the safety course, please contact [email protected].
The level one safety lecture includes the general information about the scanner and the safety precautions. The lecture requires Adobe Flash.
Level two safety lecture (password needed)
The level two safety lecture is the video lecture part of the AMI Centre's safety course and has to be watch before the examination and the hands-on demonstration of the scanner. Password to watch this lecture is distributed for those attended to the safety lecture. The lecture requires Adobe Flash.
Measuring at AMI Centre 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.
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.
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.