Brainsight NIRS

The Brainsight NIRS system effortlessly combines functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) with neuronavigation to provide a unique and powerful solution for multi-modal, functional brain imaging in neuroscience.

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Brainsight NIRS

Brainsight NIRS

Brainsight NIRS utilises laser sources with two or more wavelengths and high sensitivity detectors for deep brain measurements. In addition, the system benefits from supplementary detectors for dedicated measurement of superficial signals (e.g. from the scalp), which can then be removed from the data during analysis. The locations of all sources and detectors can be planned in advance using Brainsight’s intuitive cap manager and digitised using its neuronavigation features, allowing the variations in blood oxygenation levels to be mapped onto 3D reconstructions of the subject’s brain (or an average brain, if subject-specific MRI is not available).

Intuitive Software for Easy fNIRS Research

Brainsight NIRS features an easy-to-use and intuitive software package, controlled via an Apple iMac, to allow for ultimate ease of use in carrying out an fNIRS research project.

Brainsight NIRS Software

The Brainsight NIRS software provides seamless integration of both acquisition control software and neuronavigation software, giving the researcher the capability of mapping all fNIRS — as well as any other TMS, EEG, and/or EMG — to either a standard brain template (e.g. MNI) or to a subject-specific MRI.

When carrying out fNIRS research with the system, Brainsight NIRS will guide the user through all steps of the process, including:

  • Defining and applying the fNIRS cap;
  • Setting fNIRS parameters;
  • Acquisition of fNIRS data;
  • And exporting of data to the Brainsight computer or chosen external clients, such as Matlab.

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Unique, low profile optode and cap design to optimise for multi-modality use, including: TMS-NIRS, tES-NIRS, EEG-NIRS, MEG-NIRS, and MRI-NIRS.


High frequency sampling of NIRS at 100Hz.


8 analogue channels to simultaneously record stimulus and bio-signals (pulse, breathing etc) or synchronise with other devices (TTL).


Unique dedicated scalp activity detectors placed close to each source help remove signal scattered from the scalp and muscle tissue.


Modular and flexible design with an intuitive software interface, to allow customisation of recording configurations using: 8 to 48 laser sources; 8 to 32 high-sensitivity cortical detectors; 4 to 12 low-sensitivity, proximal scalp detectors.

Optical modules

1 to 4 optical modules, each containing:
8-12 laser sources
8 high-sensitivity cortical detectors
4 low-sensitivity proximal scalp detectors


Laser diode
4 x dual wavelength optodes per optical module
Up to 10mW mean power per wavelength


32 to 160 (typical)


705nm & 830 nm (default)

Sampling rate

Up to 100 Hz for NIRS, up to 8kHz for auxiliary channels

Optode height



Si APD (cortical) / Si photodiode (proximal)
<0.5pW sensitivity (cortical)

Associated Techniques

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Added Value

In addition to supplying and supporting a wide range of neuroscience products, Brainbox offers additional value in a number of areas that can benefit our customers, including:

Installation, Product Training, Technique Training, Bespoke Training

Lab Support
System Upgrades, Testing, Calibration, System Integration, Bespoke Solutions

Research Support
Study Design, Piloting, Technical Information, References

Grant Applications, Industrial Projects, Workshops

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