The overall mission of CAMRIS is to provide oversight in the responsible use and application of Magnetic Resonance in research through leadership, education, and guidance. These principles are manifest in the development of new research and collaborations inside and outside the Radiology Department which can translate into advanced clinical techniques; training in safe and efficient use of this investigative tool and dissemination of current, accurate and evolving MR Technology; scheduling upgrades of MR Systems and facilities; scheduling systems operations and personnel within the MR department; and receiving and acting on recommendations pertaining to the administration of CAMRIS Facilities.
Long, Shannon, B.A.
Role: Associate Director, The Center for Advanced MRI and Spectroscopy
"Safety and Basic Operational Training is mandatory for operators of the systems. Any investigator wishing to operate the system must complete this 1 hour orientation and training. After this training and the investigator is given approved user status which allows him/her to operate the scanner under supervised conditions. Scheduling at this time for training is done through appointment with Norman Butler. There is no charge for this service."
"Coil Approval and/or Consultation are required prior to the use of any in house RF coils use in the facility. This enables the investigators to build RF coils and operate them safely through a consulting process. There is no charge for this service. These arrangements can be managed through Norman Butler"
"A professional interpretation of images is offered through the Radiology department. Any investigator can ask that anatomic images be evaluated and receive dictation at a rate of $55/case. Scope and application of this service should be discussed with CAMRIS before this request is made on the CAMRIS application."
"A fully equipped RF Lab is available at the facility. Access and use of the room is free. Electronic analysis tools are owned and maintained by CAMRIS. RF Coil design and fabrication is offered at a rate of $40/hr. Hardware is paid for and provided by investigators. These arrangements can be managed through Norman Butler"
"CAMRIS approves all software and pulse sequence projects. All investigators must present their sequences for review. This process allows the investigator to have an objective evaluation regarding the safety of the sequence to be run on the MR scanner. Investigators that have problems with their sequences can access individuals within the CAMRIS community for consultation prior to the review process. There is no charge for this service."
"CAMRIS makes available to investigators current development software compatible with the operating systems of the MR units. We also have put in place several standalone computer systems which allow the investigator to program and develop pulse sequences quickly and efficiently. The stand-alone computers also allow for quick transfer of compiled sequences to the scanners as well as the ability to quickly move acquired data from the scanner to that computer for recording on the investigators device."
"A system manager is available around the clock. Email correspondence is available for non-emergent situations. All systems are covered through Service contracts maintained with Siemens USA."
"Radiologic Technologists operate the research scanners (link to scanners). Operation includes patient screening, preparation, operation of scanner, and basic management of data gathered during the session. All Technologists maintain current ARRT, IV, HIPPA, and BCLS certification."
"Dr. Rosen maintains 2 current IRB approved protocols available to approved users of the MR systems. These Technical Development (TechDev) protocols allow for initial evaluation of hardware, software, and protocol parameters. Access is limited to those investigators that have approved user status within the MR Research environment. There is no charge for this service."
"A Web based Home Page is maintained for referral to policies and updates. All paperwork needed for application for system use is available on this website"
"Dr. Rosen maintains a current IRB approved protocol for the development and use of works in progress pulse sequences (WIPs). This protocol allows for the assessment of new and emerging imaging techniques available only through investigator collaboration with Siemens USA."