Welcome to the HIRO!

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Our goal is to assist University of Chicago investigators and research staff with medical imaging exams performed on human subjects for research purposes. This includes the acquisition, analysis, collection, de-identification and distribution of image data for both basic science research and clinical trials. Our services ensure research-related imaging fulfills protocol requirements and allow investigators to obtain HIPAA- and IRB-compliant clinical research data. We provide our services for all types of medical imaging, including x-ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, PET, and most types of specialty imaging. Our website is meant to serve as a complete portal for biomedical researchers to learn about the University's research policies and to provide access to the various resources that researchers can use to obtain compliant clinical data.


Current HIRO Workload: Light

Portable media must now be approved by UCM/BSD Data Guardian Program

All UCM and BSD units, including the HIRO, are working to implement the requirements and recommendations of the UCM and BSD Information Security Offices' Data Guardian Program. Beginning Match 31, 2018, the Data Guardian Program will require all portable media used within the BSD to be hardware encrypted. For our users, this means that any USB flash drives or portable hard drives used to transfer HIRO-produced data must meet Data Guardian specifications. The HIRO will not be able to copy data to unapproved media. Please review this entire news item to learn more.

HIRO Featured in ITM Newsletter!

The HIRO and its staff have been featured in the November 2015 newsletter of the University's Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM). The article highlights the HIRO's efforts to assist investigators and research teams with all types of imaging-related issues and data. It also provides details regarding the ITM's Core Subsidy funding program that can be used to cover the HIRO's costs for translational research studies. To read the article, please click here!

HIRO Featured in Pathways to Discovery!

The HIRO has been featured in a Winter 2015 article on the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center's Pathways to Discovery Newsletter! The newsletter article discusses the work the HIRO performs and profiles some of its achievements and goals. It also includes interviews with the HIRO's Faculty and Technical Director. Be sure to check it out!