This is a basic overview of how to order a fORP for new customers. Things to think about:
What tasks will be performed with the response system? For example, will the subject be answering yes/no questions, choosing among several menu items, navigating a maze, or moving items around to complete a pattern? Once this is clarified, it should be easy to identify which device would work best.
Does the scanner facility require an extra long bundle? Usually 55 feet (17 meters) is long enough, but it's good to check it out before ordering.
Which computer output is required by the stimulus recording software? Usually USB is fine, but in some cases a serial or parallel output is required.
Will the research needs change in the next year or two? If you will need more than 4 buttons or a pointing device in the next year or two, it might make more sense to choose the FIU-932 now and purchase the additional handhelds devices later.
The easiest way to order a complete system is to use one of the fORP packages. Using a variety
of pull-down lists, it lets you choose among the various required and optional items.
There are 3 major components to a system (the handheld device or devices, the fiber optic bundle, and the interface unit), and a few smaller items. How to choose each is covered here:
There are 20 standard handheld devices and many more custom options available as part of the fORP system. Choose the handheld device or devices that best meet the tasks . If only 4 buttons are needed, the PKG-904 offers a low-cost, easy-to-use system.
Fiber Optic Bundle
There are two types of fiber optic bundles: 8-fiber and 12-fiber. The 12 fiber bundle is the standard bundle and works with all the response devices. The 8-fiber bundle is a low cost option for customers using 4 buttons or fewer. Each bundle type is available in 3 lengths: 55 feet (17 m), 80 feet (25 m) and 100 feet (30m). The standard bundle length, 55 feet, is usually sufficient. For some research facilities, a longer bundle is needed to reach from the control computer to the scanner. Choose an 80 or 100 foot long bundle if required.
There are three interface units to choose from: FIU-904, FIU-905 and FIU-932. The FIU-932 is the standard interface and works with all the response devices. It offers a full range of computer outputs including USB, serial, parallel and many custom options. The FIU-904, a low-cost option for researchers using USB and 4 buttons or fewer, is available in the PKG-904. The FIU-905 is for researchers using USB and 5 buttons, and is available in the PKG-905.
Additional items which may be needed include a power supply and computer cables. The FIU-932 power supply comes with US/Japan, EU, UK and Australian plug adapters and is CE Marked. We offer a variety of cables including computer cables for using USB, Serial and Parallel outputs, as well a BNC to SMB adapter cable for the TTL trigger-in. The FIU-904 and FIU-905 both run off the USB, so no power supply is needed. The USB cable is included in the PKG-904 and PKG-905.
Optional items include the trainer response pads which are electrical copies of the fiber optic response pads. While they look and feel exactly like the all-plastic devices, the trainers contain metal and electronics, so are not magnet safe. They offer a less expensive way to train subjects outside the scanner.
Please contact us with any additional questions you have:
Use the PKG-932 to order a complete system with as many handhelds as needed. The 932 system offers a versatile and adaptive system for fMRI subject response. Select the computer interface and power supply, the computer cables, the removable bundle, along with the response devices of your choice. Learn More