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).
MEG Core offers excellent environment for magnetoencephalographic (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.
MEG Core has moved to new renovated facilities at Puumiehenkuja in 2008. At the same time, the magnetically shielded room (MSR) and MEG device were updated. The premises have very low ambient magnetic noise.
MEG Core has gradually developed from an in-house MEG laboratory of the Low Temperature Laboratory of the Helsinki University of Technology to a research infrastructure serving Aalto University and other researchers. MEG Core facilitates
multidisplinary brain imaging. We also organize MEG introductory training for new MEG users together with Elekta Oy.
Four steps to measuring
There are a few requirements, before you can perform MEG measurements at MEG Core
- A new user has an obligation to become acquainted with the MEG Core safety and general instructions.
- All studies involving human subjects, must acquire a supporting statement from appropriate ethics committee (e.g. from Aalto University (in Finnish), Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (in Finnish) or University of Helsinki).
- The technical director accepts the research permission (form in the 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.
- MEG device can be reserved at the internet. When reserving scanner hours, the user can also request for participation of the MEG technologist. Confirmation of the participation is sent by e-mail.
Contact [email protected] for more information.
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.
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.
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.