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Radiology Imaging Core Lab (COM)

Overview of Services

The Radiology Imaging Core Lab at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center serves as the interface between investigators and the Department of Radiology and its vast access to medical imaging and interpretative expertise. It creates a well-defined point of contact for all potential, new and on-going image related research projects. The Lab supports and further advances both clinical and translational research programs.


Consultation Services:

Not sure of what exactly to ask for? Not sure how imaging may play a role in your project? Contact the Lab and we will take time to understand your project and idea and explore options for how imaging can be part of your project.


Feasiblity Assessment for Cancer Clinical Trials:

All feasibility questions regarding the use of medical imaging services can be addressed to the Imaging Core Lab. Staff in the Lab will review the project protocol, perform feasibility assessments on both technical and professional services required to support the project, and generate appropriate proposals and fee schedule for the investigator to review.

With clinical trials relying on image data for determination of patient outcomes, particularly in oncology trials, the Imaging Core Lab performs quantitative and semi-quantitative analyses of image data required by clinical trials. The Lab will also ensure the necessary, valid and reproducible tumor and image assessments are complete.

The Imaging Core Lab has dedicated infrastructure to support Tumor Response Assessments (RECIST, iRECIST, RANO, etc), coordinates research activities with individual study coordinators, and is committed to timely tumor assessments for trials.


Feasiblity Assessment for Non-Cancer Clinical Trials:

The fundamental basis for the Radiology Imaging Core Lab at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is to provide robust imaging support and dedicated infrastructure to supoort clinical trials and research projects.


Image Anonymization and Transfer:

Research involving the use of medical imaging resides at the interface of clinical and research aspects of practice. The Imaging Core Lab has the tools necessary to ensure compliance with anonymization of imaging studies (i.e., removing confidential HIPAA information) as well as ensuring safe transfer of imaging sets outside the institution if called for by the protocol.


Body Fat/Sarcopenia Analysis:

The Imaging Core Lab has dedicated software able to perform body fat/sarcopenia analysis. The assessment of sarcopenia is currently an area being heavily investigated and how it relates to patient outcomes in different clinical scenarios. The Lab is able to perform such analysis for researchers.



For those researchers who prefer to be more hands-on, the Imaging Core Lab can provide training services on certain software platforms to allow the investigator to perform their own analysis. Note this does not apply to tumor assessments for clinical trials (TACTs). Contact the Imaging Core Lab for further details.


Location and Hours of Operation

Hours Location

Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM

Radiology Department
Penn State Health Hershey Medical Center
500 University Drive
Hershey, PA 17033



Name Role Phone Email Location
Kevin Moser

Becca Jordan
717-531-0003 ext. 320451