Is the Research Imaging Core appropriate for all human subjects research projects that include imaging?
No, the RIC is not appropriate for research projects and clinical trials where the imaging involves a clinical standard-of-care imaging procedure, requires a clinically licensed facility for diagnostic or billing purposes, requires camera accreditation, or needs to be included in the patient/subject's medical record.
Will scans completed using the Research Imaging Core be read by a clinical radiologist and will this generate a clinical report?
A reading by a clinical radiologist of a research scan completed by the Imaging Core can be requested on a per study basis. A professional fee, determined by the Imaging Department, would be in addition to the imaging fee. However, the report may not be used for clinical diagnosis or management, and no clinical report will be included in the subject's medical record. (If you need this, then you should arrange for imaging at the Imaging Department.)
Will scans completed using the Research Imaging Core be reviewed for incidental findings?
If the imaging technologist or researcher happens to notice a potential incidental finding, the scan will be sent to a radiologist for review. The PI will receive an incidental finding report and is required to follow IRB-approved policies and procedures to manage communication with the subject.
How does billing at the Research Imaging Core differ from the clinical imaging department?
Billing at the Imaging Core is based on the amount of time the scanner is used instead of a set price based on the type of procedure. See the Imaging Core services and pricing for modality-specific fees.
Where are the images stored and how can I access them?
All imaging studies performed at the Imaging Core are stored in the WebPAX research PACS system. Researchers can view and download images via their PI folder.