Swinburne Neuroimaging

Our facilities

We support research that probes the rapid dynamics of human brain function. This underpins behaviour, cognitive development, and mental health across the lifespan.

Swinburne Neuroimaging: a National Imaging FacilityOur specialist facilities and expertise are open to all Australian researchers. We cater for academia, the health sector and industry, and follow National Imaging Facility (NIF) guidelines.

We're the sole single-site human imaging facility in Australia and New Zealand to offer magnetoencephalography (MEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

In addition, we have a wide range of additional and complementary capabilities. Among them are:

  • electroencephalography or EEG (Neuroscan high density MEG and MRI compatible)
  • transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS (Magstim 200 with BiStim Controller, Magstim single pulse)
  • eye tracking (Eyelink 1000 systems integrated with MRI and MEG)
  • peripheral psychophysiology
  • integrated experimental presentation hardware and software
  • powerful cloud-based data management and analysis platforms.

Our state-of-the-art neuroimaging facility boasts the most modern technology for measuring brain activity.

MEG

We're 1 of only 2 sites in the southern hemisphere with magnetoencephalography (MEG).

MEG is a safe, non-invasive human brain imaging technique that offers high temporal precision. It measures the very small magnetic fields that the brain’s electrical activity produces.

MEG can detect and accurately localise extremely rapid changes in brain activity and connectivity.

Swinburne Neuroimaging has an Elekta/Neuromag 306 channel MEG system. Housed in a highly magnetically shielded room, the system yields extremely clean, low noise measures of brain activity.

This helps to minimise interference from outside magnetic fields. The system yields very clean MEG signals.

MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging technique that uses a powerful magnetic field to obtain very detailed cross-sectional images inside the body and brain.

Our Siemens 3 Tesla whole body MRI scanner offers extremely fine-grained structural and functional images of the entire body. It also has specialised equipment for human brain imaging.

In early 2020, we'll upgrade our Siemens Tim Trio 3T MRI to a 3T Prisma Fit.

Our MRI system has the latest scanning sequences installed. This gives researchers access to world-leading techniques to image the human brain’s structure, function, and connectivity.

EEG

Electroencephalography (EEG) records the brain's electrical activity, with electrodes placed on the scalp.

Swinburne Neuroimaging currently has:

  • 3 laboratories with 64 channel Neuroscan Synamps2/RT systems (2 of them with Steady State Topography)
  • 1 laboratory with a 40 channel Neuroscan NuAmp System
  • a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) compatible 132 channel Neuroscan system
  • 3 magnetoencephalography (MEG) compatible 64 channel ANT systems
  • a 'Babylab' (128 channel EGI NetAmp system with infant HydroCel Geodesic Sensor nets).

Used alone, EEG provides accessible, high quality recording of brain activity. EEG can also be combined with MRI or MEG. This maximises sensitivity and localisation of brain activity in all parts of the brain.


Other technologies

Our imaging systems are all configured with:

  • experimental and stimulus presentation computers
  • high quality visual and auditory stimulus delivery
  • behavioural response devices (button boxes and joysticks)
  • computers for data acquisition connected to networked storage.

High speed eye tracking (Eyelink 1000) is available for MRI and MEG experiments.

Swinburne Neuroimaging is also equipped with technology for non-invasive brain stimulation. This includes transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS).

Our experience helps us to develop solutions. Where needed, we can use other technologies within the imaging labs.


Computing

Swinburne Neuroimaging has recently transitioned its computing to the OzStar Supercomputer. In this way, we offer the highest performance analytic pipelines.

Our user-friendly, locally hosted virtual computing environments enhance the supercomputing environment. The systems are suitable for interactive analysis, training and tutorials.

We offer a wide range of neuroimaging analysis software and processing pipelines. We store data in Brain Imaging Data Structure (BIDS) format.

We're connected to national computing infrastructure, such as Nectar. As a result, we can provide support for national collaborative research.