I’m relatively new to BIDS, and I’m trying to re-structure a collection of data for our lab. We collect simultaneous EEG/fMRI (participants enter the MR scanner wearing an MR-compatible EEG cap), and I was wondering if any BIDS experts have recommendations on how to build our dataset to indicate simultaneous recording took place. Are there any best practices for simultaneous multi-modal imaging acquisitions?
There is nothing to my knowledge that is specific about simultaneous EEG/MRI in regards to BIDS. You can add acquisition label (which is optional) to indicate it was simultaneous, e.g.,
sub-XXX_task-XX_acq-EEGsimultaneous_bold.nii.gz (for fMRI).
As @Steven notes, I’m not aware of a strict recommendation specific to simultaneous data. You might, though, be able to look at the simultaneous EEG-fMRI dataset noted in the BIDS-EEG paper for inspiration !
An old issue on the BIDs specification does relate to simulateneous recording but as said by @Steven there is currently nothing “specific” for this use case.
One thing that you can do is make sure that your scans.tsv mentions the same acq_time for data files that were acquired together.
@Steven Thanks! I appreciate having a way for the files to be connected that doesn’t require a user to dig through the
@emdupre I’ve been looking at that dataset, thank you
@Remi-Gau I’ll make sure to include
acq_time in the
Depending on what platform and software you re familiar with several tools exist to help you – have a look at the starter kit and in particular file templates. Pybids and matlab-bids can also make making folders. Last but not least, if you used EEGLAB to process your EEG data you can automatically export a STUDY to bids and then add the fMRI ‘manually’.