Dedicated Near-Infrared Spectroscopy
NIRSport is the first freely configurable, wearable, multichannel NIRS imaging system to be used on any part of the head. This pocket-book sized device combines LED illumination and innovative active detection technology into a truly wearable brain imaging solution.
NIRScout is manufactured by NIRx in Germany, with local distribution, training and support in the UK by CRS.
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Specialised NIRx Optodes and Caps
Optodes and caps are some of the most important pieces of any NIRS system setup. Both you and your subject will be in intimate contact with these critical components every time the system is used.
This page gives an overview of your options.
NIRx optodes are incredibly easy and fast to set up
In order to send light into the brain to get a NIRS measurement of neuroactivation, one must first ensure that optodes are touching the skin. NIRx NIRS optodes are very easy to set up incredibly quickly.
The first video below shows fNIRS subject preparation using a standard 16-probe montage over the motor cortex. All NIRx fNIRS systems can measure from anywhere on the subject's head (and even can take peripheral measurements). Total setup time to achieve high-quality data is roughly 10 minutes/16 probes/subject with one technician doing the preparation.
New spring loaded grommets for 60 second setup
And the following video demonstrates a less than 60-second NIRScap setup using NIRx spring-loaded grommets. Spring loaded grommets are compatible with standard probes and blunt tipped probes, and patent-pending dual-tipped probes.
NIRSport standard lightweight probes
NIRS Probes and Caps must be fit properly and comfortably. Caps must be snug but comfortable. An uncomfortable subject will not give good data. Many NIRS probes are incredibly uncomfortable and can only be worn for 30 minutes at the most before subjects must take them off.
NIRSport is usually supplied with standard active sources and detectors. These are comfortable, lightweight, and suitable for wide range of mobile brain imaging applications.
If your application is specialized, you might want to look at the wide range of probes that are available with the modular (non-mobile) NIRScout system. These include probes specifically for infants, probes with greater sensitivity, and probes suitable concurrent NIRS + TMS, NIRS + MRI, or NIRS + MEG. Most of these probes can also be configured for use with NIRSport if necessary.
Choose the correct NIRSCap size
NIRx offers comfortable and properly-fitting caps for all subject ages.