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: Medium (14 items in queue)

New 2018 HIRO Fee Schedule Released

The HIRO's fee schedule and related policies were updated and circulated on May 8, 2018. The new fee schedule takes effect on July 1, 2018. The full fee schedule and related memos can be reviewed on the Fees page of our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the HIRO.

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 March 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 provides faster access to research echocardiograms!

After several months of working with CBIS and Cardiology, the HIRO is pleased to announce it now has direct access to echocardiogram images! This will greatly improve the HIRO's speed and efficiency when processing image data requests that include echocardiography exams.