Center for Clinical Imaging Research (CCIR)

  1. What is the CCIR?
    The Center for Clinical Imaging Research (CCIR) is a ~9,000 square feet centralized, state-of-the-art imaging facility located on the 10th floor of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital's West Pavilion on the south campus of the Washington University Medical Center. The CCIR is formally part of MIR (Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology).
  2. What services does the CCIR provide
    The CCIR provides a full range of biomedical imaging services to support clinical research projects. These services include: (1) Pre-study services that help investigators design, set up and kick off the study; (2) coordinating services, including scanning, that provide assistance in executing, monitoring and evaluating the study; and, (3) Information technology management services to handle, track and process imaging data.
  3. How does the CCIR interface with other groups at Washington University School of Medicine?
    The CCIR can interface with any research group at WUSM that requires state-of-the-art hardware and assistance utilizing biomedical imaging technologies. The center is available to all departments and investigators, including external research collaborators and pharmaceutical companies.
  4. How are CCIR projects/studies reviewed?
    When a research proposal is submitted to the CCIR, it will first be reviewed by the CCIR Operations Team. Once feasibility of the study is confirmed, the proposal is forwarded to the CCIR Executive Committee for the final review and approval.
  5. What happens to the data and how do I access it?
    Data from research studies/projects conducted in the CCIR can be routed directly to any one of a number of locations specified by the principal investigator. All data will automatically be routed to the CCIR data repository, as a safeguard and backup measure.
  6. Does the CCIR assist in data processing/analysis?
    Yes, routine data processing/analysis services can be obtained through the CCIR. Costs for these services will be based on an hourly rate and will depend upon the details and complexity of the request.
  7. Does the CCIR have a quality control/assurance (QC/QA) program for the various imaging modalities?
    Yes. Each imaging modality has a standard set of QC/QA procedures which are executed on a regular basis by the CCIR staff. In most cases, these tests verify that the hardware meet the minimum level of performance as defined by the vendor. Additional tests deemed important by the research investigator can be integrated into a research protocol.