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MRI Core (COM)

Overview of Services

MRI Laboratory
The MRI Core Facility and Center for NMR Research (CNMRR) have 8,900 sq. ft. of laboratory space, which includes: biochemical, electronic and surgical suites, and a fully equipped machine shop with (2) 3D printers. 

The MRI Core facility has two MRI systems and an EEG MRI-compatible system dedicated for research.

  • 3T Siemens PRISMA-Fit scanner equipped with True 2 Channel Tx and 64 Channel Rx. The latest RF coil set including a 64 Channel head coil and software packages with full clinical capability.
  • 7T Biospec 70/20 as small animal imaging system (Bruker Biospin, Ettlingen, Germany). Latest Hardware and Software. Avance NEO with Paravision 360. 
  • 128-channel high-density geodesic MRI compatible EEG system.

Full sensory fMRI stimulation systems:

  • SenSaVue System for visual and auditory stimulation (Invivo Corp, FL, USA), which includes an LCD visual display, audio system, button response unit and software (E-Prime) for paradigm creation, patient management, protocol planning, precise delivery of brain stimulation, and behavioral analysis.
  • ETT Olfactometer with full-programmable 6 independent channels for odor and trigeminal stimulation (ETT, LLC, Hershey, PA).
  • Olfact Smell Test System (Osmic Enterprises, Inc., Cincinnati, OH) is a computerized instrument to test the smell functions of human subjects. The smell functions that can be tested are odor threshold, odor identification, and odor memory.
  • ETT Gustatometer with full-programmable 7 independent channels for taste stimulation (ETT,LLC, Hershey, PA)
  • Eye Link 1000 Plus system via SR Research: The EyeLink 1000 Plus Host PC performs real-time eye tracking at 250, 500,1000, or 2000 samples per second while computing true gaze position on the display viewed by the participant. The Host PC also performs on-line detection and analysis of eye-motion events such as saccades, blinks, and fixations. In addition to the sample data, these events are stored in a data file on the Host PC. They can be sent through the Ethernet link to the Display PC with a minimal delay or output as analog signals (if the optional analog/digital I/O card is installed). From the Host PC, the operator performs participant setup, monitors their performance, and can communicate with applications running on a Display PC.

Please Remember to Acknowledge our MRI Core in any published work submission:


Authors are thankful to the MRI Core Facility staff for the support on study protocol development/data acquisition/data processing/data analysis in this study.


 In the method section:

All the image data were acquired on a 3T  MRI scanner (Prisma fit, Siemens Medical) at the MRI Core Facility of College of Medicine.


 In the method section:

All the image data were acquired on a 7T  MRI scanner (Bruker BIOSPEC 70/20 USR) at the MRI Core Facility of College of Medicine. 



Bruce Stanley | Scientific Director for all Cores

Qing Yang | Professor Neurosurgery/Faculty Advisor for MRI Core 

Jeff Vesek | Director MRI Core 


Location and hours of operation

Hours Location
10:00 am-5:00 pm Monday - Friday MRI 3Tesla/Human Magnet
 7:30 am-4:00 pm Monday - Friday MRI 7T/Pre-Clinical Magnet

 30 Long Lane 
 Hershey PA 17033 

Links and Resources


Name Role Phone Email Location
Jeff Vesek
Director, MRI Core
717-531-0003 ext.285782
Office 103
Lauren Spreen
Researcher Technologist II
Office 114