Please feel free to contact us if you have compatibility issues, or would like to discuss support for other MEG vendor data formats.

BrainWave uses compiled C-mex functions for optimization and efficient handling of MEG data. C-mex functions are currently provided for Linux (64 bit versions), Mac OS X (version 10.6 or later required) and Windows operating systems (Windows 7 64 bit). Since BrainWave uses multi-threaded libraries for fast computation of beamformer images, workstations with multiple core processors are recommended, with at least 4 GB of RAM. MATLAB Version 7.5 or higher is required. No custom toolboxes are required to run most BrainWave features (with the exception of hilbert transform analysis which requires the MATLAB Signal Processing Toolbox). For spatial normalization and group analysis, it is necessary to install the most recent version of the Statistical Parametric Mapping (SPM) Matlab toolbox (SPM8) available from the Welcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UCL, London. For the extraction of surfaces from MRI images we recommend also installing the University of Oxford's FMRIB Software Library (FSL) Toolbox, which is available for various OS platforms. BrainWave works natively with the CTF Systems MEG data format (.ds files), however the CTF MEG4 software suite does not need to be installed to run BrainWave. Finally, the high resolution 3D surface extractions for surface rendered beamforming within BrainWave, are generated by third-party programs: CIVET and FreeSurfer. Please visit these sites to learn more about how to obtain these files.

WINDOWS 7 (x64-bit) MAC OS X (10.5 or later) LINUX (x64-bit)

*NOTE: 32-bit versions are no longer supported.


This software package was developed by Dr. Douglas Cheyne and other contributors at the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children with support from the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). This program is made available at no cost to the research community. It is to be utilized for RESEARCH PURPOSES ONLY, and has not been approved for clinical use. Distribution of BrainWave is not permitted without permission by the developer and does not hold any warranty. Errors encountered using the program may be reported to the developer, Douglas Cheyne. To obtain a copy of the software, please click here. Be sure to check back often for software package updates.