A new 3-dimensional head fixation device for brain imaging

Ryoui Goto, R. Kawashima, S. Yoshioka, S. Ono, H. Ito, K. Sato, T. Akaizawa, M. Koyama, H. Fukuda

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We have developed a new head fixation device for studies of brain function. This device was designed to immobilize subject's heads during image scanning and to precisely reproduce the head position for two different imaging modalities such as MRI and PET. The device consists of a plastic frame, a pillow filled with beads of styrene foam, and a face mask of thermoplastic resin which was originally intended for application in radiotherapy. A bridge for biting was incorporated into the mask for stable fixation. The device enables immobilization of subject's heads with good reproducibility of position at the practical level. Our results indicate that this head fixation system is useful for fixation of head during activation studies using PET.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)689-694
Number of pages6
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1995 Jan 1


  • Face mask
  • Head fixation system
  • PET
  • Styrene foam pillow
  • Thermoplastic resin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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