We believe prevention is better than the best treatment. In order to build the best tools and make primary care work for everyone, we want to include more people in research. The problem is only a small percentage of Americans are involved in research today and many groups are under-represented. We want our research to reflect our communities.
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What is the goal of your study?
The goal of our study is to understand what variables affect the quality of non-contrast enhanced MRI imaging data. We will be collecting imaging data utilizing various sequences and parameters to better understand the effect on image quality. We are looking to determine the causes of natural variations over time in imaging data and determine methods and variables that affect reproducibility and quality of MRI imaging. This is important to understand how imaging biomarkers can inform health.
What will happen during the 90-minute scan?
- You will need to be able to lie still for periods of time. Our MR tech will guide you through the process and instruct you on when to lie still.
- You will need to wear ear protection as the MRI scan can be a bit loud. If you wish, we can play music during the scan.
- You may need to get in and out of the MRI scanner at times depending on the protocol that our MR tech runs. Again, our MR tech will guide you through the process.
- Not to worry about any radiation; unlike X-rays or CT scans, MRI does not have radiation.
Will I get data back or receive any consultation from your study?
- We will share a personalized, non-medical and non-diagnostic image back as depicted here on our website. This is rendering based on your MRI scan that you are welcome to keep and share, but it is not to be used for clinical care purposes.
- There is no diagnostic or clinical care. You will not be receiving any consultation, review of data, or medical interpretation / report at the end of the research scans.
- We will be abiding by IRB protocol and incidental findings will be disclosed accordingly. We ensure adequate training and education on how to handle incidental findings for all radiomics researchers and staff involved with research. Please understand that our research scans are not clinical grade and therefore may not always be able to further elucidate any findings. We will alert you only if there are any immediate findings of concern, but otherwise we will not be looking for or specifically seeking diagnostic information from the medical imaging data collected.