BrainSuite is a collection of software tools that enable largely automated processing of magnetic resonance images (MRI) of the human brain. The major functionality of these tools is to extract and parameterize the inner and outer surfaces of the cerebral cortex and to segment and label gray and white matter structures. BrainSuite also provides several tools for visualizing and interacting with the data.
We have recently released a new version of the software (BrainSuite13a), available for download from the UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging software download website. This release includes a graphical user interface version for both Windows and Mac OSX platforms (a Linux release is also planned). Also included are modules for automatic registration and labeling of brain volumes and surfaces (SVReg, available via the GUI and command line), and distortion correction and coregistration of diffusion data with structural MRIs (BDP, available via the command line), for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux platforms.
We are currently updating this site to provide documentation for users of BrainSuite. If you would like to ask any questions about how to use any of BrainSuite’s features or if you would like to report a bug, please do so in our BrainSuite Support Forum. For experimental tools and resources please see Resources.
The latest version of BrainSuite made an appearance during this recent interview of Dr. Arthur Toga by Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
We are pleased to announce the release of BrainSuite13, which is the first version of BrainSuite that runs natively on both Mac and Windows platforms (a Linux release is also planned). BrainSuite13 includes many new features for processing, analyzing, and visualizing MRI data. In addition to the cortical surface extraction tools upon which BrainSuite was initially developed, we have also added new functionality for performing brain image registration using SVReg (Surface/Volume Registration), which uses the surface extraction results to initialize an automated registration procedure. We are also introducing the BrainSuite Diffusion Pipeline (BDP), which provides new tools for correcting distortion in diffusion MR images and registering them to a structural T1-weighted image, computing various diffusion products including tensors and ODFs. BDP can compute ODFs using the recently developed Funk-Radon and Cosine Transform (FRACT). The results of BDP can be combined with the results of SVReg, enabling the analysis of diffusion and connectivity in the context of neuroanatomical ROIs. The software is available for download from the LONI Software Site.
Justin Haldar and David Shattuck will be presenting work at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping to be held June 10-14, 2012 in Beijing (www.humanbrainmapping.org/OHBM2012/). Come see us at these posters:
#408 Haldar JP, Shattuck DW, Damasio H, Leahy RM (2012) Improved Diffusion Tractography with the Funk-Radon and Cosine Transform, 18th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Beijing, China, June 2012.
#602 Joshi AA, Shattuck DW, Leahy RM (2012) Refinement of Automated Cortical Surface Registration and Labelling using Gradient Curvature Flow, 18th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Beijing, China, June 2012.
We will also be available to show demos of the latest BrainSuite tools for our upcoming software release.
We have now released the latest version of BrainSuite (denoted as BrainSuite11a). It is available for download on the LONI software website. This release includes both the graphical user interface version, available for Windows platforms, and command line versions of the the routines used for cortical surface extraction (available for Mac OSX, and Linux). The GUI can also be run on Linux and Mac OSX using WINE , Darwine (Mac OSX), or Crossover (commercial).