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Step 5: Using the Broker Systems and HIRO

Having the HIRO Download Images and Reports

After you have registered your IRB protocol with the HIRO, the protocol has been validated, and your user account has been granted image data request access (this is accomplished by checking the appropriate box on the IRB summary page), you can submit image and report requests to the HIRO. Submitting requests and downloading your data is quite simple:

  1. Submit an image data request to the HIRO using the "Submit Image Request" button on the left side of the website. If you do not see this link, you may not be listed on a validated IRB as having image request access (or you may not be a validated user).
  2. After the HIRO completes your image request, you can download your requested data from our website directly or we can transfer the data onto storage media that you specify, including CRI Lab Share network storage and UChicago Box.com storage. Links to tutorials are shown to the right.

To view a detailed tutorial that demonstrates how to submit an image data request to the HIRO, please click here.

Downloading Data Yourself

Step A: Using Electronic Honest Broker (EHB)

The Electronic Honest Broker (EHB) was developed and is maintained by the UChicago Medicine SOA Development team. The HIRO facilitates access to this system for the research community.

Using the Electronic Honest Broker, authorized research team members for an IRB protocol can enter medical record numbers of research subjects (patients). These medical record numbers will then automatically be given corresponding "assigned" (anonymous) IDs that are specific to the given IRB protocol. These assigned IDs can later be used for obtaining reduced-PHI images and reports from the iBroker system.

Click the link to the right to download a tutorial on using the Electronic Honest Broker. A direct link to log into the EHB system is available under the "Access Broker Systems" link in the Quick Start menu along the left side of this page.

Step B: Using iBroker

iBroker Links

The iBroker system was developed and is maintained by Peng Liu and Wendy Zhu in the Department of Radiology. The HIRO facilitates access to this system for the research community.

Using the iBroker, authorized research team members can use the assigned IDs of research subjects (obtained through the Electronic Honest Broker) to access images, pathology reports, and lab results. Images can be pushed to a DICOM destination or a fileshare (shared directory). The HIRO team will set up the DICOM destination and/or fileshare destinations for your iBroker accounts according to your needs.

Click the link to the right to download a tutorial on using the iBroker. A direct link to log into the iBroker system is available under "Access Broker Systems" in the Quick Start menu along the left side of this page.

Please note that the iBroker system cannot currently be used to download the following types of imaging exams:

  • Nuclear Medicine Whole-Body Bone Scan
  • Nuclear Medicine Cardiac Stress Scans
  • IR Angiography
  • Breast MRI CAD Screen Captures
  • Breast MRI-guided Biopsies
  • Ultrasound
  • Mammography

In addition, the iBroker cannot be used to download image data that you intend to share outside of the University.

If you would like to get copies of these types of scans, or if you intend to send copies of the image data outside the University, you will need to submit a full-service image data request to the HIRO directly (see Having the HIRO Download Images and Reports above).