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.
Due to the threat of campus violence, the University has cancelled all activities on Monday November 29th and has asked all non-essential personnel to remain off campus (click here for the official University statement). As a result, the HIRO will be closed on Monday and will reopen on Tuesday November 30th pending an appropriate announcement from University leadership. HIRO staff will be able to provide limited support via email while the office is closed, and there may be a delay in processing image data requests. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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