Rocco Ortenzio Neuroimaging Center at Kessler Foundation - Facilities

MRI Scanner:

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.

Physiological Equipment:

 The Ortenzio Center is also equipped with a MRI compatible subject stimulation system (Psychology Software Tools, Inc.) and a serial of physiological measurement system (Biopac System, Inc.). The subject stimulation system allows presenting visual or task stimulation to the subjects and receiving response feedbacks during scanning for brain functional studies and the physiological measurement system records subjects’ ECG, Pulse, Respiration, and EMG signals during scanning.

Post-scan Processing Capacity (Hardware & Software)

The Ortenzio 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.

Data Management

The various peripherals including a Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) that provides a secure data transferring, archiving and management. All the data acquired in the scanner will be automatic transferred to the server through internal network and then can be later accessed from user’s local workstation via encrypted login account.