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Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 598206, 11 pages
Research Article

fMRI Artefact Rejection and Sleep Scoring Toolbox

1Cyclotron Research Centre, University of Liège, 4000 Liège, Belgium
2Department of Neurology, University of Liège, 4000 Liège, Belgium
3Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Liège, 4000 Liège, Belgium

Received 30 August 2010; Revised 2 December 2010; Accepted 17 January 2011

Academic Editor: Sylvain Baillet

Copyright © 2011 Yves Leclercq et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We started writing the “fMRI artefact rejection and sleep scoring toolbox”, or “FAST”, to process our sleep EEG-fMRI data, that is, the simultaneous recording of electroencephalographic and functional magnetic resonance imaging data acquired while a subject is asleep. FAST tackles three crucial issues typical of this kind of data: (1) data manipulation (viewing, comparing, chunking, etc.) of long continuous M/EEG recordings, (2) rejection of the fMRI-induced artefact in the EEG signal, and (3) manual sleep-scoring of the M/EEG recording. Currently, the toolbox can efficiently deal with these issues via a GUI, SPM8 batching system or hand-written script. The tools developed are, of course, also useful for other EEG applications, for example, involving simultaneous EEG-fMRI acquisition, continuous EEG eye-balling, and manipulation. Even though the toolbox was originally devised for EEG data, it will also gracefully handle MEG data without any problem. “FAST” is developed in Matlab as an add-on toolbox for SPM8 and, therefore, internally uses its SPM8-meeg data format. “FAST” is available for free, under the GNU-GPL.