CAMRD Use Guidance

1. Data coding: The digital data (images) from an MRI scan in CAMRD will be identified by a code number obtained either (1) from the study coordinator or (2) assigned by CAMRD. For studies in which CAMRD assigns a code number the code will be the combination of the date and clock time of the start of the scanning session as well as the CAMRD protocol number. For example, a subject scanned on protocol 350 on October 10, 2012 at 0930 will be identified by the code: 350_101002_0930.

 

2. Digital Data: Investigators will be supplied with digital data for the study in DICOM format on a CDROM or DVD. There are several free or purchasable DICOM data display computer programs. For example, IMAGEJ is available free at "rsb.info.nih.gov" and eFilm can be purchased at "www.efilm.ca".

 

3. Consent Forms: CAMRD must have a copy of the consent form for each subject imaged prior to the exam for verification purposes. A copy of the consent form may be faxed to CAMRD (see contact page) or brought to the imaging center at the time of exam.

 

4. Pregnancy Test: If contrast agent is to be used,  females of child-bearing potential must have a negative pregnancy test (serum beta-hCG) within 48 hours of the MRI exam. Test results will be verified by CAMRD personnel. For scans that do not use contrast agents, the IRB will allow a urine pregnancy test. This must be arranged ahead of time by including such provision in the studies IRB application.

 

5. Reservation Cancellation: Scan reservations can be made by calling, emailing or faxing the CAMRD administrator (see contact page). Scans must be cancelled 24 hours in advance or else the scan time will be charged to the project.

 

6. Late Arrival: The subject must report to CAMRD at least 15 minutes before the reserved scan time. This is necessary for screening and pregnancy test verification. If the subject is late, the scan will be cancelled or shortened to fit the time period at the discretion of the technologist in consultation with the PI or coordinator.