Our goal is to assist University of Chicago investigators and research staff with medical imaging performed on human subjects for research purposes. This includes the acquisition, analysis, collection, anonymization and distribution of image data. We also provide access to and support for the University's Broker Systems, which allow investigators to obtain HIPAA- and IRB-compliant clinical research data. Our website is meant to serve as a complete portal, or "one stop shop," 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.
Paleontologists Nizar Ibrahim and Professor Paul Sereno published a groundbreaking article in the journal Science in September detailing a new skeleton of Spinosaurus, the largest known predatory dinosaur. To assist with their examination of the skeleton, Drs. Ibrahim and Sereno enlisted the help of radiologist Christopher Straus, M.D. and the Human Imaging Research Office to perform extremely detailed high-resolution CT scans of their fossilized specimens.
The HIRO has published a journal article! The article highlights the issues surrounding medical imaging performed for research purposes, and stresses the importance of having a centralized team to tackle these issues in large medical centers. The article, titled "Research Imaging in an Academic Medical Center," appeared in the June 2012 issue of Academic Radiology