NIRSport 2

The NIRSport 2 is the most versatile portable commercially-available fNIRS solution available.

Measure fNIRS in high-density set-ups, from anywhere on the head, concurrently with (nearly) any other modality. Monitor your subjects via Wi-Fi while direct-to-device system recording ensures data is always stored, or choose higher-bandwidth USB connectivity for applications in BCI and neurofeedback research paradigms that require ultra-high performance processing.

 

Setup fNIRS Fast
NIRx uses the NIRScap system for an incredibly fast setup (see video of <60-second setup).

Multi-Modal Integration
NIRSport 2 integrates seamlessly with EEG, fMRI, eye-tracking, cochlear implants, TMS, tDCS, EMG, pulse oximetry, and other modalities.

Application-Specific Probes & Headgear
Specialized probes and headgear available for comfortable measurements on any subject, for any application. 

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User-Friendly, Modular, Scientifically Supported

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The NIRSport 2 is a user-friendly, modular, and robust functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) platform which measures hemodynamic responses to neuroactivation via oxy-, deoxy-, and total hemoglobin changes in the cerebral cortex.

The NIRSport 2 comes with a host of ready-to-implement upgrades and modules to meet the needs of a broad range of cognitive neuroscience applications.


Our Most Versatile Portable NIRS Solution

Optimize your NIRport 2 system with the precise configuration for your research. 

Single System Source numbers:
from 8-64 (8-source increments)

Source types:
Laser (2- or 4-wavelength; requires NIRScout extension) or LED (2-wavelength)

Detector numbers:
from 4-32 (4-detector increments)

Detector types: 
SiPD (active or fiber optic) APD (active or fiber optic)

Tandem Options:
Dual-Tandem (2-system), Tri-Tandem (3-system), Quad-Tandem (4-system)


NIRSport 2 Tandem Options

The NIRSport 2 may be ‘daisy chained’ to connect multiple systems together in tandem configuration. 2, 3 or 4 systems may interconnect in tandem mode; in each case, all data and event trigger information is fully-synchronized between NIRSport 2 devices.

For example, in a dual-tandem configuration, detectors from system 1 are reading light from sources in both system 1 and system 2. Likewise, detectors from system 2 are reading light from sources in both system 1 and system 2 as well. This allows research teams to easily expand their studies by combining NIRSport 2 instruments to measure either:

  • larger brain regions of interest

  • higher-density configurations

  • hyperscanning (multi-subject) fNIRS measurements


 

NIRS Researchers Supporting NIRS Researchers

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NIRx has been actively involved, as a company or through our internal researchers, in advancing NIRS hardware, software, and methodology for the past 30 years.  

 

We dedicate 100% of our company to selling, supporting, and advancing NIRS. 

 

We offer the highest-level scientific support to our customers, ensuring that the nuances of fNIRS are fully appreciated. 

 

You can learn more about NIRx support on our support page.    



NIRSport 2 - The Ideal portable NIRS System for Concurrent NIRS/EEG

 

Freely-configurable probe arrays easily integrate with EEG and tDCS within a single NIRx NIRScap. 

 

Right: NIRScap integration with passive EEG electrodes and NIRScout NIRS 'optodes' (i.e., NIRS source and detector probes). 

 

NIRx can easily integrate with nearly any EEG electrode for concurrent NIRS/EEG measurements.  Integration with passive unshielded, passive shielded, active, and sponge electrode solutions all exist for NIRSport 2 and NIRScap.  


Example of NIRSport 2 + EEG Data Integration
 

Data integration with NIRScout and EEG systems is easy with event synchronization.  This may be done at the start and end of experiments, during 'trigger' events, or arbitrarily during the experiment.  

Example Right: The event trigger generated by the presentation computer is sent to the digital interface (trigger splitter), where the events are then sent to the NIRx trigger splitter box, splitting each trigger and maintaining the proper voltage, sending the even signal to the NIRS and EEG systems.  This trigger-splitting method may be used from different input devices (e.g., TMS, eye-tracking, etc.), and sent to multiple recording devices. 



NIRx fNIRS Application Overview

  • BCI/Neurofeedback

  • Child measurements

  • Cochlear Implant research

  • Cognitive Disorders

  • Developmental Disorders & Psychology

  • Hyperscanning (multi-subject measurements)

  • Movement/Balance (with longer probe cables)

  • Infant Monitoring

  • Neuropathology

  • Neuropsychiatry

  • Social Interaction

  • Speech/Language

  • Stroke and Rehabilitation research

  • Traumatic Brain Injury research

  • Visual Impairment/Stimulation



Real-Time Processing of fNIRS Data

Many NIRScout end-users process their NIRScout data in real-time for brain-computer interface (BCI) and neurofeedback applications. 

The diagram below is an abstraction of both neurofeedback and BCI data flow.  

1) Physiological data are collected from a subject (e.g., fNIRS, EEG, fMRI, EKG, etc.) 

2) Feature extraction and classification are used to characterize the data (with multi-modal considerations, if available and relevant)

3) The subject data is either used for:

a) BCI-based application - controlling a  software program, robot, etc.

b) Neurofeedback, influencing the subject, thereby altering the physiological signals (ideally).  Feedback are typically visual, audible, or haptic.  


Technical Specifications

Maximum Sources 16 (can be configured to 8, and up to 64 in multi-device mode)
Maximum Detectors 16 (can be configured to 8, and up to 64 in multi-device mode)
Source Wavelengths LED: 760nm & 850nm
Source Illumination Type LED
Sampling Rate Up to 240 Hz
Detector Sensor Silicon Photodiode (SiPD) or Avalanche Photodiode (APD)
Operation mode USB, Wi-Fi, Stand-alone direct-to-device recording mode: no computer, tablet, or smartphone required
Maximum number of topographic channels 45-55 channels, depends on optode layout used (up to 200 channels in quad-tandem mode)
Maximum number of tomographic channels 256 (up to 4,096 in quad-tandem mode)
Optode type Single-tip, or specialized Dual-tip optodes (faster set-up time and better contact to skin), Blunt-Tip (infant and child applications, better comfort)
Key Measurement Features Time multiplexing, full frequency-encoded measurements, and dynamic gain state switching
Detector Dynamic Range & Sensitivity > 80 dBopt measurement dynamic range
Event Synchronization Wireless (LSL; Lab Streaming Layer), Cable (8-bit TTL Input)
Included Data Acquisition Software Aurora fNIRS
Data Format Raw light intensity: tab-delimited (may be analyzed in any environment)
Data Output Options NIRx format: .wl1, .wl2, etc.; .NIRS format; raw format
Headgear NIRScaps: freely-configurable, measures whole head, fits all age ranges, multi-modal
BCI/Neurofeedback Optional module for Aurora fNIRS
Multi-modal Compatibility Built-in: EEG, tDCS/TES, eye-tracking, motion-tracking
Requiring module: fMRI, MEG, TMS
Hyperscanning Configuration Wireless hyperscanning (up to 8 or more subjects)
Multi-distance/Short-distance Probe Arrays Yes
3D Depth-discrimination Yes
Included Accessories NIRScaps, System carrying case, Trigger cable
Optional Accessories Recording/Analysis Computers, Computer cart, Active Trigger Splitter, fMRI/TMS/MEG Compatibility, Flat and Blunt-tipped Probes, Animal NIRS Module, BCI/neurofeedback
Temperature Range 10 - 40C (operating), -15 - 70C (storage)
Spectroscopic Technique, Phase Type Continuous Wave, Single Phase
Humidity 20% - 80% Relative, Non-condensing
Power Supply Voltage and Consumption 90 to 250 VAC (50Hz - 60Hz); 175W Max
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