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BWH Research Imaging Core

Director: Tempany, Clare, M.B.

Core Summary:

The BWH Research Imaging Core (BRIC) provides a comprehensive research imaging service to meet the needs of investigators and research subjects using imaging facilities at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). The BRIC has been developed in close collaboration with the Brigham CTSA Imaging Team of the Harvard Catalyst Translational Imaging Program. A unique feature of BRIC is the complete anonymity of research subjects. Research image scheduling, image acquisition and image storage are all kept completely separate from BWH clinical Radiology systems. The BRIC provides the administrative infrastructure, customer service architecture and institutional support to promote investigative applications of imaging technologies.

Institutions:
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
Personnel/Contact Information:

Director: Tempany, Clare, M.B.
Phone: (617) 732-8772
Email

Member: Goldberger, Patti
Role: Core Manager
Phone: (617) 582-4736
Email

Facilities and Equipment:

Major Equipment:

  • Bruker 7T Small Animal MRI scanner
  • GE 3T Short Bore MRI scanner
  • GE LXHorizon 1.5T MRI scanner
  • Siemens 3T Skyra MRI scanner
  • Siemens 3T Trio MRI scanner
  • Siemens 3T Verio MRI scanner
Services:
  • Animal Imaging

    Small animal (mouse and rat) imaging and housing is available at 221 Longwood in the BMRC facility in a BL2 housing facility run by the Harvard Veterinary Services, and using a Bruker 7T small bore MRI magnet. Large animal imaging is also available on the Siemens 3T Skyra and GE 1.5T and 3T magnets in the BMRC facility.

  • BWH and non-BWH images storage service

    "Image storage is provided through the research PACS system, including storage of research images from non-BWH institutions. There is a fee for importing and storing images from outside BWH."

  • BWH radiology interpretation service

    "All subjects have a basic minimum set of images acquired in every imaging study. In all cases, a board certified/board eligible radiologist interprets this basic set of images. The radiology interpretation is limited to the basic set, not the research sequences that are acquired, and do not reveal subject identity and/or link to insurance information. The cost of the radiologist interpretation is included in BRIC scanning costs."

  • Image acquisition expert assistance service

    "MRI technologists are available during clinical scanning hours (and off-hours on L1 Bays 2 and 3) and their services are included in the scanning cost. fMRI scientists are available for an extra fee to conduct fMRI stimulation."

  • Imaging study initiation/scheduling service

    "A significant component of the BRIC’s infrastructure is information technology in the form of a Research PACS that mirrors the Clinical PACS in all functionalities and more and that separates the research subject’s data and information from scheduling to image acquisition and data management. Study subject screening and scheduling as well as image protocol and resultant data interpretation are provided in compliance with IRB protocols."


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Last updated: 2015-11-19T12:13:54.009-06:00