CAMRIS

Services


System Operation

Radiologic Technologists operate the research scanners. Operation includes patient screening, preparation, operation of scanner, and basic management of data gathered during the session. All Technologists maintain current ARRT, IV, HIPAA, and BCLS certification. Optional operational procedure is available from appropriately trained personnel when scanning in the Stellar Chance Facilities.

Web Based System and Policy Information

A Web based Home Page is maintained for referral to policies and updates. All paperwork, forms, and links needed for accessing and use of CAMRIS Facilities are available through this site.

System Management and Support

All CAMRIS systems are supported through a comprehensive Siemens Service contract. System issues can and should be reported to the Systems Manager. Using text is preferred and also available through the UPHS Telephone directory. Although coverage is comprehensive we do not offer unlimited overtime for service and support. Late hours may not be covered.

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Advice for RF Coil Purchases

Coil-Acquisition Guidelines — 6/14/2016
  1. Users should request the coil’s User’s Manual and the coil-file from its manufacturer prior to committing to the purchase.
  2. In case the coil-file does not incorporate SAR-limitation, a written explanation is required from the manufacturer for assurances that the exposure-levels are within regulatory-mandated limits for the coils’ intended use.
  3. The manufacturer should provide references (“k-number” for 510(k), etc) of the coil’s regulatory-approval.
  4. Third-party coils without the scanner-manufacturers’ (OEMs’) explicit approval (i.e. coil not being present on the scanner-installed OEM software-version) should have assurances that the safe use with OEM’s hardware guaranteed. “Safe use” should apply to the subjects as well as to the scanners’ hardware. Using an OEM’s coil-file with non-OEM approved third-party coils are not allowed.
  5. Manufacturer-provided documentation needs to provide details of scanner(s) and software-version(s) that the coil is intended to operate on. Users are not allowed to deviate from these specifics without having written User’s Manual/coil-file updates from the coil-manufacturer.
Upon reviewing the above, the committee advises on the purchase and use.
After the purchase but before the coil installation and use on MRI-scanners:
  1. PI should submit to the committee a list of approved users. These users should study the coils’ User’s Manual before installing and operating the coil on the scanner(s).
  2. An electronic/scanned-in version of the User’s Manual along with the coil-files are to be stored in a designated, intranet-access CAMRIS-page. A copy of the User’s Manual needs to be kept with the coil for convenient access as well as a direct reference for troubleshooting.

Coil and/or Peripheral Device Approval and Consultation

Before any non-product coil may be used it must undergo CAMRIS testing and approval. Before any peripheral device used in the MRI Room may be used it must be evaluated and acknowledged by the CAMRIS committee.

Begin your RF Coil Approval and/or Consultation by filling out this form (CAMRIS RF Coil Approval)

Begin your peripheral device Approval/consultation by filling out this form (CAMRIS Device Assessment)

Sequence Approval and Consultation

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.

Begin your Pulse Sequence Approval process by filling out this form(CAMRIS Pulse Sequence Approval)

Technical Development Protocol

Larry Dougherty, PhD 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.

Basic MR Safety Training

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.

MRI Safety Refresher Course

System orientation

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.

Image Consultation Fee

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.

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