FAQs

General

How do I start a project at the Imaging Core?

Getting started is easy! See the Imaging Core User Information section for step-by-step instructions.

What is iLab?

iLab is an online system that the Imaging Core uses for equipment reservations and other requests such as project initiation, facility access, etc. All Imaging Core users should have an individual account that must be validated by their PI. To create an account, click on "sign up" on our iLab website. We recommend bookmarking this page.

 Where are research images stored and how can I access them?

Images acquired at the Imaging Core are stored in the WebPAX research PACS system, where they can be viewed and downloaded. Users needing a WebPAX login may request one through our iLab website.

 

Human Imaging

Is the Imaging Core appropriate for all human subjects research 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 from the Imaging Core be read by a 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 from the 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 communicate any incidental findings with the subject.

 How does billing at the Imaging Core differ from clinical departments?

Billing at the Imaging Core is based on the amount of time the scanner is used (plus medications, supplies and support staff) instead of a set price based on the type of procedure. See the Imaging Core Services and Pricing section for modality-specific fees.