The Siemens MAGNETOM Skyra 3 Tesla scanner is a highly homogenous, actively shielded superconducting system. The magnet delivers a high field, homogeneous signal, which is essential for imaging of high quality- in demand techniques such as high-resolution anatomic and functional MRI studies. This allows advanced analysis such as Voxel Based Morphometry (VBM) to be accurately performed. This scanner has 70 cm open bore design, and ultra-short 173 cm system length, designed to accommodate patients with various body sizes and provide patient comfort.
The Center is also equipped with a MRI compatible subject stimulation system (Psychology Software Tools, Inc.) and a physiological measurement system (Biopac System, Inc.). The subject stimulation system allows presentation of visual or task stimulation to the subjects and the ability to receive response feedback during scanning for brain functional studies. The physiological measurement system records subjects’ ECG, Pulse, Respiration, and EMG signals during scanning.
Post-scan Processing Capacity (Hardware & Software):
The Center has a network of powerful Linux workstations, large capacity server for imaging storage and management, printers, and other peripherals for pre-processing and analysis, statistical analysis and manuscript preparation. All computers are equipped with image analysis, statistical and graphic software or packages (e.g., AFNI, FSL, SPM, MIPAV, ImageJ, Matlab, etc) with 27’’ high-resolution monitors.
There are various peripherals, including a Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) that provides secure and encrypted data transferring, archiving and management. All the data acquired in the scanner will be automatically transferred to the server through an internal network, and can then be accessed later from the user’s local workstation via an encrypted login account.