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Biomedical Imaging Core

The MGH/MIT CRC Biomedical Imaging Core (BIC), located on the 2nd floor of building 149 of the MGH Charlestown Navy Yard, supports the large and increasing population of MGH and MIT investigators performing clinical research that requires the imaging resources available through the MGH Department of Radiology and the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. It is situated directly above the dedicated research MRI scanners and close to the MEG/EEG imaging site and mock scanner of the Martinos Center, and in close proximity to clinical research space supporting the Departments of Neurology, Anesthesiology and Psychiatry. In addition, the space serves the clinical research needs of the MGH physician scientists from all Departments who have their offices located in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

The BIC provides clinical research support comparable to the main CRC, with fully equipped patient exam rooms, expert research nurses, on site specimen preparation laboratory, and statistical consultation specifically for imaging studies. The support of the BIC extends to the scanning suites, both MRI and MEG of the Martinos Center. For instance, our trained research support staff will assist in the acquisition of physiological data, collection of blood samples and administration of pharmacological challenges during imaging studies in the scanner environment. The BIC is an outpatient facility, studies requiring an overnight stay are supported by the main CRC alone or in combination with the BIC depending on study needs.

To access these resources, follow the directions for submitting a study protocol to the CRC being sure to check the box indicating you require the BIC. Subject scheduling for use of the outpatient exam rooms, mock scanner and nursing support for imaging studies is done through the TURBO scheduling system of the main CRC. Partners workstations are available in the BIC for the use of CRC investigators when they are preparing protocols for submission or for scheduling study visits.

 

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