The Perfect Stimulus Device For Your fMRI Audio Video Paradigms

Lumica goes far beyond improving patient comfort. The sophisticated yet simple system makes it easy for a single technician to show bright, high-quality displays of stimuli for functional MRI (fMRI) studies from almost any digital source, including PC, Mac, iOS, Android, DVD, and Blu-Ray. Entertainment and anxiety reduction is especially valuable in children and motion-sensitive acquisitions, including diffusion and tractography.

Based on original designs by UCLA Professor and pioneer of functional brain imaging Mark Cohen

The technologies that underlie Lumica were created originally to handle the most challenging problems in MRI and Neuroscience. As a leader not only in MRI applications, but also in MRI hardware and software development, Cohen has guided SMRT's development to create devices that perform reliably, safely, and seamlessly. Lumica arose from years of refinement through thousands of clinical and research studies with dozens of investigators.

Works with your Existing Paradigms

Lumica integrates seamlessly into your functional imaging studies. You can use popular packages, such as Matlab, PsychoPy, Psychtoolbox, OpenSesame, Presentation, Inquisit, or ePrime, or you can design your own stimulus paradigms on your local computers and play them through Lumica’s HDMI port. Whatever the paradigm source, you’ll get active audio noise cancellation and a crisp and bright high-resolution display. You will still be able to access two-way video at any time with Lumica’s console-mounted push-to-talk button.

High-speed, Low-Latency Video and Audio

Precise timing can be critical to accurate fMRI results. The state-of-the-art advanced digital processing embedded within our units ensures the complex signal sources. Compressed streaming videos are decoded with latencies of just a few milliseconds, ensuring that image presentations are aligned precisely with the scanner data acquisition. Lumica’s HDMI-output option allows frame-by-frame video timing accuracy, even for highly demanding MRI/EEG studies.

Our unique laser optical engine results in uniform color and brightness across the display. Pixel-perfect focus is guaranteed - without setup or calibration, which can be seen easily in both bright and dark rooms.

Two‑way, audio & visual patient‑tech communication like it’s never been done before.

Patients often feel isolated during MRI and fMRI exams, adding to or creating anxiety that leads to fidgeting, motion, and discomfort. The unique 2-way video communication built into Lumica offers unprecedented human contact between the patient and the technologist or scanner operator. With simple push-to-talk communications, your patient need never feel alone.

Patient/Subject Video Capture

Do you need to look for eye-blinks? Is your subject moving? Are they asleep? The built-in patient-directed video camera can be incorporated directly into your research workflow. In fact, video-imagery is now required as part of the Human Connectome Project, the standard for controlled neuroimaging studies. Lumica is the only commercial device to integrate live video capture of human subjects with a complete video and audio presentation system.

Clinical Benefits

System Benefits

Patient Comfort
The Lumica suite of video and communication reduces patient anxiety, thereby reducing motion, and reducing refused scans

Kid Friendly
Children are engaged and attentive, reducing their fear and improving their exam tolerance

Fewer Questions from Patients
Field studies have shown that patients need less operator attention when using Lumica

Improved Image Quality and Readability
Motion artifacts are reduced when patients are calm, and occupied.

Greater Patient Tolerance
Lumica's engaging video content reduces boredom and calms patients, making it easier for them to tolerate long exams when needed.

Attractive Modern Design
Lumica’s beautiful, finished, design enhances the appearance of your facility.

Increased Patient throughput
With fewer scan refusals, and fewer repeated scans, you can scan more patients each day!

Preloaded content
With gorgeous, patient-tested, high quality content, operators do not need to maintain or manage a video library

Easy Installation
Careful attention to packaging and design makes installing Lumica easy, even for non-technical personnel

Easy Setup
Want to see a video?: Just touch the icon with your choice, and the entertainment begins. Once started, the Lumica videos can auto-repeat continuously to run all day

Flexible Operation
Use our pre-installed video imagery, or plug in your favorite audio or video source: DVDs, Video Streaming - the choices are endless. Or, use the simple industry-standard connections to run specialty fMRI experiments from your computer

Optimized for fMRI & Research
Seamlessly compatible with all popular fMRI software platforms, Lumica offers bright, accurate, and fast image and video presentation

Head-to-Toe MRI Exams
Lumica is useable when scanning any body part

Versatile Design
Lumica works with 1.5T, 3T, and Open MRI in all scanning scenarios, including 32 & 64 channel head coils and all surface coils. Our engineers will even evaluate your 7T and higher instruments on request

Intuitive User Interface
Operators need virtually no training to run all Lumica features

Return on Investment
Lumica will pay for itself rapidly by increasing throughput.