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 (15 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.

HIRO submits comment to new FDA guidance on clinical trial imaging!

The FDA recently issued a new draft guidance document for clinical trial imaging, Clinical Trial Imaging Endpoint Process Standards; Draft Guidance for Industry. This new guidance is intended to address some of the challenges concerning the standardization of medical imaging in clinical trials. The HIRO submitted a comment to the FDA regarding these guidelines in 2016, and the comment was recently accepted and posted. We hope you had a chance to weigh in on this important issue as well!

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.