Software tools for analysis and visualization of fMRI data

NMR Biomed. 1997 Jun-Aug;10(4-5):171-8. doi: 10.1002/(sici)1099-1492(199706/08)10:4/5<171::aid-nbm453>;2-l.


The tools needed for analysis and visualization of three-dimensional human brain functional magnetic resonance image results are outlined, covering the processing categories of data storage, interactive vs batch mode operations, visualization, spatial normalization (Talairach coordinates, etc.), analysis of functional activation, integration of multiple datasets, and interface standards. One freely available software package is described in some detail. The features and scope that a generally useful and extensible fMRI toolset should have are contrasted with what is available today. The article ends with a discussion of how the fMRI research community can cooperate to create standards and develop software that meets the community's needs.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain / blood supply
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted / methods
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Oxygen / blood
  • Software*


  • Oxygen