BRIC offers image acquisition and analysis services using imaging equipment at BWH. BRIC also offers image analysis and reader studies of images obtained outside of BWH and imported into the BWH research PACS system.
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 the clinical/MRN system 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.
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. BRIC Policy on Radiologist Interpretation of Images
Image storage is provided through the research PACS system, including storage of research images from non-BWH institutions, and uploading of images from the BWH clinical PACS. There is a fee for importing and storing images from outside BWH and from the BWH clinical PACS.
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.
SAIL 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.