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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.

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

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

Member: Goldberger, Patti
Role: Core Manager
Phone: (617) 525-8758

Facilities and Equipment:

Major Equipment:

  • Bruker 7T Small Animal MRI
  • Bruker Biospec 3T Small Animal MRI
  • Bruker In-Vivo Extreme II Optical/X-ray
  • Bruker SkyScan 1176 mCT
  • GE Discovery 750W 3T MRI
  • GE Short Bore 3T MRI
  • Sedecal SuperArgus mPET/CT 4R
  • Siemans 3T Prisma MRI
  • Siemens 3T Trio MRI
  • Siemens 3T Verio MRI
  • Siemens 7T Terra MRI
  • Siemens Aera 1.5T MRI
  • Siemens Definition Dual Source/Dual Energy CT
  • Siemens Skyra 3T MRI
  • Toshiba Aquilion One 320 CT
  • Animal Imaging

    The facility at 221 Longwood is equipped to do MRI imaging for both large and small animals.

    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 BWH CCM, and using a Bruker 7T small bore MRI magnet. Large animal imaging is also available on the Siemens 3T Skyra and GE 3T magnets in the BMRC facility. In the new BWH Building for Transformative Medicine (BTM), animal housing and imaging is available on 11th floor with the following 4 imaging devices: Bruker Biospec 3T Small Animal MRI, Bruker SkyScan 1176 mCT, Bruker In-Vivo Extreme II Optical/X-ray, Sedecal SuperArgus mPET/CT 4R.

    Research assistants are available to perform MRI image segmentation, registration, tumor volume and dimension measurements, and time course analyses on preclinical images obtained through the BRIC.

  • 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: 2018-05-01T10:57:47.946-05:00