The University of Iowa MR Research Facility was established in August of 2004 with the acquisition of a Siemens Trio 3T scanner, shared between research and clinical usage. While the Center is within the Department of Radiology, it is run as a Core University facility.
The facility is managed on a daily basis by Vincent Magnotta, PhD, Alan Stolpen, MD, PhD, and Dan Thedens, PhD. Oversight is provided by a Research Advisory committee that reviews new project proposals and equipment acquisitions. Since its inception, the equipment managed by the Research Center has expanded. In 2006, a research dedicated Siemens Avanto 1.5T scanner was loaned to the University by Siemens Medical Solutions to support research studies. Then, in 2007 an NIH/NCRR High End Instrumentation grant supported the acquisition of a research dedicated Siemens TIM Trio 3T scanner.
Standard operating hours for the research-dedicated 3T TIM Trio scanner are from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. During this time, a technologist is provided to run the scanner. The shared research 3T TIM Trio scanner is available all day Tuesdays (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.), and Thursday afternoons (12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.) for research studies. The shared Avanto 1.5T scanner is available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The scanners are also available after-hours if technologist coverage is available, or if the user is certified to conduct MR studies on their own. The current rate for scanner usage is $600 per hour and can be scheduled in half hour increments.
Advanced Angiographic Imaging (Contrast Enhanced Protocols, Phase Contrast, 3D VIBE)
CARE Bolus Imaging
Advanced 3D (3D DESS, 3D CISS)
Advanced Turbo (True FISP, HASTE, Hyperecho HASTE)
Echo Planar Imaging
Bold Imaging and Advanced Functional (3D PACE)
Single Voxel Spectroscopy
Chemical Shift Imaging (Spin-echo, STEAM)
Arterial Spin Labeling
Advanced Cardiac Imaging Package
High Angular Diffusion Tensor Imaging
The MRRF contains numerous workstations for image processing and display. All are equipped with image analysis software that can be applied flexibly to all manner of research studies. The facility computers are also networked to the bioinformatics and computer resources of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS).
The ICTS hosts their own extensive RAID server and PACS system (XNAT) to accept data from the research facility and securely share this data among collaborating users.
Magnetic Resonance Research Facility (MRRF) has not received any reviews.
Magnetic Resonance Research Facility (MRRF) has not received any endorsements.