Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders

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User Policy

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In light of updated University guidance on COVID-related work restrictions, the PCMD MicroCT Imaging Core is updating the core use policy.

Important changes are as below:

  1. Starting on 6/7/2021, we will reinstate the previous scanner calendars (used before the pandemic): “MicroCT35”, “MicroCT45”, “VivaCT40”, “VivaCT80”. All trained users can make their own reservations. Please let us know if you don’t have access.

  2. MicroCT Analysis (I)” and “MicroCT Analysis (II)” can be accessed either on site or remotely.


  1. Mask use is required.

  2. All users are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Penn users must follow University mandatory vaccination requirements and use PennOpen Pass until July 1st. Non-Penn users must enroll in PennOpen Pass

  3. Non-Penn users must complete new mandatory EHRS safety training. Specifically, users must register with EHRS through this site. Once registered, you will be directed to an EHRS webpage for training. Once completed, you will be able to download a training certificate and will be forwarded to a webform to notify EHRS of completion. You will receive an email confirmation of your completed training. When completing the form, please enter the following information in the relevant fields:Principal Investigator/Program Director: X. Sherry LiuDepartment/Program: Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders MicroCT Imaging CoreBuilding Location: Stemmler Hall Room 335Supervisor: Yilu Zhou

General Policies:

  1. Users must modify or cancel their scanner reservations in advance. Failing to cancel scanner reservations will result in being charged 1 hour at the scanning rate of the first occurrence, and being charged for the full reservation time at the scanning rate of the second occurrence.

  2. Any scan extending 10 min into the next user’s reservations will be stopped by us.

  3. Users are responsible for removing their samples from the sample holder after the scan. If users are unable to find an empty sample holder, they can relocate the samples to any centrifuge tube.

  4. The microCT analysis computers located in 315 Stemmler Hall can be accessed either on site or remotely. Please make a reservation on Google Calendar (“MicroCT Analysis (I)” and “MicroCT Analysis (II)”) before use.

Calendar Reservation Policies:

  1. NEVER make a reservation more than 2 weeks in advance. (Exception: in vivo scans)

  2. Calendar event names should include PI initial, pennkey, phone#, and either “Scan Only,” “Analysis Only,” “Scan & Analysis,” or “In vivo Scan”. Example  → XSL: yiluz (Scan Only): 1234567890

  3. MicroCT35: 4 hour limit per lab per day during weekday working hours (9am-5pm). No restrictions during off-hours and weekends. On the day you are scanning, you can reserve any available time.

  4. MicroCT45: 24 hour limit per lab every 2 days.

  5. VivaCT40 & VivaCT80: In vivo scans have higher priority.

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