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Brain Innovation B.V.
BrainVoyager QX / 2000 is a highly optimized and user friendly software package for the analysis and visualization of functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging data sets.

- Extremely fast and highly optimized 2D and 3D analysis and visualization routines
- Standard and advanced volume-based statistical analysis methods including conjunction and random effects analysis
- Integration of volume and surface rendering with powerful tools for creation of high-quality figures and movies
- Advanced methods for automatic brain segmentation, surface reconstruction, cortex inflation and flattening
- Cortex-based statistical data analysis and inter-subject alignment based on gyral / sulcal pattern
- Creation ("seeding") and visualization of EEG / MEG multiple dipole models (in combination with BESA 2000)
- Multi-processor support, open architecture including scripting and automation support
- Programmable with all major computer languages (i.e. C/C++, VB, Java) and Matlab through COM-based interfaces
- Comprehensive solution embodied in a single program
- The only complete solution available for Windows XP / 2000 / NT 4.0 / ME / 98 / 95, Linux/Unix and Mac OS X
NIfTI-1 support
A converter plugin will be available for the current BrainVoyager QX 1.3 on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. First release is planned for HBM in June 2005; that release will support at least conversion to the most important BVQX formats. Python conversion scripts will be available the latest before HBM. Plugin and scripts will support both reading and writing of nifti-1.
Brain Innovation B.V.
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How to get
See web site.
Current version
Current version release date
Open source
Single, Network
Available free of charge

Recommended hardware
BrainVoyager 2000 runs on Intel (Pentium, Pentium Pro, Pentium II / III / IV) and AMD Athlon processors with the Microsoft Windows XP, 2000, NT 4.0, 95, 98, ME operating system as well as on DEC Alpha workstations running Windows NT 4.0. BrainVoyager QX runs on the same Windows platforms as well as on Linux/Unix and Mac OS X. The program requires a minimum of 128 MB RAM and at least 15 bit color graphics.

Using the base module only (2D routines and 3D volume tools):

- Intel Pentium with 166 MHZ or better, Pentium Pro, Pentium II / III / IV, AMD Athlon - 128+ MB system memory - Fast 2D graphics board (e.g., Matrox Millenium / Mystique / NVIDIA TNT) - 15 bit color depth; optimum: 16 bit color depth - At least 8 GB hard disk - 17 inch monitor or better

Using the surface module (e.g. for head and cortex reconstruction/visualization and MEG/EEG integration):

- Pentium II with 300 MHZ or better - Optimum: Dual Pentium IV with 1.4 GHZ or better, AMD Athlon with 1 GHZ or better, DEC Alpha with 500 MHZ or better. BrainVoyager supports multi-processor platforms on Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 - 256+ MB system memory (minimum 128 MB) - Open-GL accelerating graphics board with at least 16 MB graphics memory (32 MB recommended). The currently best price/performance is offered by all graphics boards based on the NVIDIA GeForce family. Boards based on this chip are available for ca. USD 250 (e.g., Creative Labs' Annihilator, ELSA Erazor X, Guillemot Prophet 3D). The OpenGL performance of these boards is as least as good as that of expensive CAD graphics boards! Such boards are in a price range of 1000 - 4000 USD and available from 3DLabs (e.g, Oxygen GMX 2000), Compaq (e.g., Powerstorm 4D30T, 4D60T, also for the Alpha) and Intergraph (Wildcat 4000) among others. Excellent OpenGL performance is also offered by the NT-based Visual Workstations from SGI which now also use NVIDIA chips. - 16 bit color depth Optimum: 24 / 32 bit color depth (= 16.7 million colors) - At least 20 GB hard disk - 19+ inch monitor
Example hardware platforms used by the author of BrainVoyager
- Dell Precision Workstation 420, Dual Pentium III 733 MHZ, 256 MB, ASUS V7700 GeForce2, 21" monitor (1280 x 1024 true color) (ca. 4000 USD) - AMD Athlon, 800 MHZ, 256 MB, ASUS V7700 GeForce, 19" monitor (ca. 3000 USD) - SGI Visual Workstation, Dual Pentium III 500 MHZ, 256 MB, high-resolution TFT flat panel (ca. 7000 USD) - Dell Inspiron Notebook, 1 GHZ, 256 MB, 15" TFT display (1600 x 1280 resolution) (ca. 4000 USD)
Technical publications
Applications publications

Three of many at website.

Kriegeskorte, N. & Goebel, R. (2001). An efficient algorithm for topologically correct segmentation of the cortical sheet in anatomical MR volumes. NeuroImage, 14, 329-346

Vaughan, J.T., Garwood, M., Collins, C.M., Liu, W., DelaBarre, L., Adrainy, G., Andersen, P., Merkle, H., Goebel, R., Smith, M.B. & Ugurbil, K. (2001). 7T vs. 4T: RF power, homogeneity, and signal-to-noise comparison in head images. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 46, 24-30.

Goebel, R., Muckli, L., Zanella, F.E., Singer, W. & Stoerig, P. (2001). Sustained extrastriate cortical activation without visual awareness revealed by fMRI studies of hemianopic patients. Vision Research, 41, 1459-1474.
Other information
functional, NIfTI-1 support, registration, segmentation, statistical, surface analysis, visualization, volume, warping
Linux, MacOS, UNIX, Windows
IATR listing last updated
02 May 2002