This page provides information about the hourly rate to perform MRI Research and also outlines the process for starting a new research project utilizing equipment managed by the MRI Research Facility.
The current (FY2012/13) internal scanner rate is $600/hour, and includes a technologist to run the scanner. Other supplies (e.g. contrast agents or any further manpower required) will incur additional fees. Scanner time is allocated in 30 minute increments, and is available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 6:00pm. After-hours and weekend scanner time that requires a technologist is available as requested. Advance notice (preferably two weeks) is requested. Contact Greg Pickett for more information.
External (e.g., private/industry) Customers
The current scanner rate for external customers is one-and-a-half times the internal hourly rate. For FY2012/13 the external rate is $900/hour, and includes a technolgist to run the scanner. Other supplies (e.g. contrast agents or any further manpower required) will incur additional fees.
Off-peak scanning is available to both NIH and non-NIH facility users at a rate of $400/hour (2/3 peak rate). Because off-peak scanning does not include a technologist, the individual in charge of operating the scanner must complete the MRI Safe Scanning Program prior using the scanner. Information about this program can be found on our MRI Safety page. Off-peak hours are designated from 6:30pm to 7:30am, Monday through Friday, and all day Saturdays and Sundays. Contact Greg Pickett for more information about utilizing our after hours and weekend scanner rate.
Research scans at The University of Iowa are not considered patient care costs. Research MRI scans are considered "other costs" and are subject to Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs. An exception to this rule may include scans funded by an NIH contract whereby F&A costs are explicitly excluded. If you believe F&A should not be charged to your grant, consult with your departmental grant accountant.
More information about patient care definitions can be found on the NIH webpage 19.2 Definitions: Research Patient Care Costs.
Current F&A rates can be found at the Division of Sponsored Program's webpage Facilities & Administrative (F&A) Costs.
The MRI Research Advisory committee meets every other Wednesday, and proposals must be submitted by 5pm the Thursday before. The submission process is completely electronic and requires the submission of Microsoft Word or PDF files only. Projects to be considered need to perform the following steps:
The FDA released a new guidance on 9/9/2010 regarding the warnings and screening requirements for possible reduced kidney function and the use of gadolinium contrast for research studies http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm223966.htm?sms_ss=email. The MRI Research Center and IRB minimum recommendations for gadolinium usage are as follows:
Once a project is submitted the following criteria will be used to determine the scientific ranking for the project:
Once a scientific ranking has been determined, it will be translated into a priority for scan time allocation. This allocation will be assigned a project number that can be used to schedule time using the online scheduling system.
The MRI Research Center supports a limited number of pilot projects each year, totaling approximately 18% of research time utilization. Pilot projects are given a reduced scanner rate to facilitate data collection for inclusion in grant submissions. This time is typically given to projects that are currently unfunded and require "proof of concept" by means of MR images. To qualify for pilot time, a project must meet certain exclusionary conditions, including approval of pilot time by the MRI Research Advisory Committee. To find out about the possibility of obtaining pilot time for MR data collection, contact one of our full board members listed above.