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Department of

Radiology

UC Radiology MRI Scanner Request Time

The Mission of UC Radiology includes "conducting research to discover new methods of treatment and prevention" as well as "providing safe, high-quality health care". To this end, MR scanner time is available for research as well as patient care.

MR research must be conducted in accordance with the following guidelines:

Equipment

Presently, dedicated core research time is available on a GE Signa HD 3.0T system housed in the UC MSB. This system is a shared clinical and research resource and thus has time for performing research scans on healthy volunteers and patients, and basic science experiments and pulse sequence development.

An additional Siemens Espree 1.5 T wide/short bore MR scanner is located at the Varsity Village facility and is also available for clinical research projects. Both systems are state-of-the-art, and are equipped with a variety of imaging coils. Nursing and technologist support is available during certain hours.

A Spectris Solaris MR Injector System (Medrad, Inc., Indianola, PA) is available at each of the MR scanners. The injectors are fully programmable to provide precise dose delivery of contrast agents and saline from two separate syringes.

Each syringe can be programmed for a two-phase injection at a rate up to 10 ml/s (0.01 mL/s increments between .01 and 3.1 mL/s and 0.1 mL/s increments between 3.1 and 10 mL/s). The contrast syringe has a total volume of 65 mL and the saline syringe has a total volume of 115 mL.

Application Submission

Researchers may apply for time on the MR scanners by completing and submitting an MR Research Application (DOC). Completed applications are reviewed by the Imaging Research and Development Committee. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Scheduling

After an MR Research Application is approved, all research scanner time must be scheduled through Joan Staarmann, Research Scheduling, at 513-556-6393, or email her at joan.staarmann2@uchealth.com .

Available Hours

Studies are scheduled based upon the availability of the scanner. Every effort is made to be flexible to accommodate clinical and research needs.

Fees

If there is an applicable CPT code, standard clinical fees with a discount for internal customers applies. If there is no appropriate CPT code, the standard rate is $700/hour. Please contact Susie Foltz at 513-584-1903 or susie.foltz@uchealth.com to determine the applicable rate. Additional fees may be charged for supplies.

Feasibility Studies

Up to five scan sessions may be provided at no charge for investigators wishing to evaluate the feasibility of a technique, fine tune a protocol to be used for a larger funded study, or gather initial results for grant applications that may lead to funded MR projects. For scheduling feasibility studies, please contact Karen Krebs, UC Radiology Clinical Manager, at 513-475-8777 or email karen.krebs@uchealth.com .

Regulatory Compliance

The UC Institutional Review Board (IRB) must approve Research involving human subjects. If the research requires scanning human subjects, a copy of 1) the IRB submission and 2) the IRB consent form must both be included with the MR Research Application. When the IRB requires physician presence or supervision at the MR scanner, it is the responsibility of the researcher to make arrangements for the physician to be present. Scheduling an MRI session does not include an agreement to provide a physician.

The UC Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) must approve research involving animal subjects. The 3T UC scanner has been approved for animal imaging. If the research involves scanning animal subjects, an IACUC approval letter must be included with the MR Research Application. If you are working with human subjects you must complete the HIPAA training.

Animal Research

Animal subjects may be transported into the MRI area only when the pathway is clear of patients and the animal is covered. An agreed-upon route to and from the scanner will be determined. The scanner and the surroundings must be cleaned and returned to clinical conditions when the research is completed.

Priority for Patient Care

In rare situations, it may be necessary to delay or reschedule research scans in order to perform emergency patient care.

Approved by Imaging Research and Development Committee September 22, 2009.