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This page provides information about the hourly rate to perform MRI Research and also outlines the process for starting a new research project utilizing equipment managed by the MRI Research Facility.
The FY2016 internal scanner rate is $615/hour, and includes a technologist to run the scanner. Other supplies (e.g. contrast agents or any further manpower required) will incur additional fees. Scanner time is allocated in 30 minute increments, and is available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 6:00pm. After-hours and weekend scanner time that requires a technologist is available as requested. Advance notice (preferably two weeks) is requested. Contact Marla Kleingartner and Autumn Craig for more information.
Research scans at The University of Iowa are not considered patient care costs. Research MRI scans are considered "other costs" and are subject to Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs. An exception to this rule may include scans funded by an NIH contract whereby F&A costs are explicitly excluded. If you believe F&A should not be charged to your grant, consult with your departmental grant accountant.
Meetings will occur every other Monday from 10:30am - 11:30am. Proposals must be submitted by 5pm the Wednesday before the meeting. The submission process is completely electronic and requires the submission of Microsoft Word or PDF files only. Projects to be considered need to perform the following steps:
The FDA released a new guidance on 9/9/2010 regarding the warnings and screening requirements for possible reduced kidney function and the use of gadolinium contrast for research studies http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm223966.htm?sms_ss=email. The MRI Research Center and IRB minimum recommendations for gadolinium usage are as follows:
Once a project is submitted the following criteria will be used to determine the scientific ranking for the project:
Once a scientific ranking has been determined, it will be translated into a priority for scan time allocation. This allocation will be assigned a project number that can be used to schedule time using the online scheduling system.
Scan time priorities:
6-month project reports are required to keep a project active. These reports should include the following information:
The MRI Research Center supports a limited number of pilot projects each year, totaling approximately 18% of research time utilization. Pilot projects are given a reduced scanner rate to facilitate data collection for inclusion in grant submissions. This time is typically given to projects that are currently unfunded and require "proof of concept" by means of MR images. To qualify for pilot time, a project must meet certain exclusionary conditions, including approval of pilot time by the MRI Research Advisory Committee. To find out about the possibility of obtaining pilot time for MR data collection, contact one of our full board members listed above.
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