Updated Response in Light of COVID-19 Pandemic

During May and June, the Imaging Research SR will increase its operations capabilities and continue to provide support for regional investigators, while also maintaining prudent social distancing practices.

Preclinical Imaging

The preclinical imaging suite has resumed full operations. Full-service scans can be scheduled by contacting Core staff as normal. Note: on June 3, all sterile preclinical research subjects will be returned to the Imaging Research SR for ease of access for all investigators. Self-service scans can be scheduled immediately via iLab as normal. Training can be scheduled by contacting Imaging SR staff and leadership via emails listed below. We request your patience and flexibility in scheduling challenges needed to support safe distancing practices of our Imaging SR staff and customers.

New operational guidelines including use of PPE are below.

  • Access to Imaging Research SR requires ALL personnel to undergo a temperature and verbal health screening at one of the UHCMC stations (e.g., Bolwell, Rainbow, Lerner Tower).  This screening must be completed before coming to the imaging facility.
  • Masks (cloth or surgical) are required to be used at all times within the UHCMC facility including the preclinical imaging lab. These masks will not be supplied by the Imaging SR and therefore must be provided by individual investigators and their respective labs.
  • Gloves are required to be used at all times within the imaging facility. These gloves are available from the Imaging Research SR.

Preclinical Imaging on Clinical Imaging Systems

At this time, all imaging studies requiring use of a clinical imaging system have been suspended due to limited access to equipment. These imaging studies are likely to resume once the Imaging SR's new, isolated 3T Vida MRI scanner becomes fully operational (expected July 2020).

Human Subjects Research Imaging

All human subjects imaging has been suspended to eliminate potential exposure for non-essential research scans. Research scans for patients conducted as part of ongoing clinical imaging trials will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Our full portfolio of human subjects research imaging studies may resume in July pending approval from institutional compliance and safety offices.

General Information

The Imaging SR Director and staff are available by email (caf@case.edu, mdk60@case.edu) to answer questions or to set up virtual meetings to discuss your research project needs or to schedule training.

Imaging Research

Facility Overview

The Imaging Research Shared Resource (SR) provides a wide range of basic science and clinical imaging services for researchers at Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth Medical Center and the Veteran's Administration Hospital. These facilities are also available to regional/collaborative corporations such as Bioenterprise and other academic institutions. More information is available on the Case Center for Imaging Research website.

Services and Fees

The Imaging Research SR offers a multi-tiered rate structure. The full rate is applied when SR staff conduct the imaging scan and provide the data to the researcher. Discounts are available to individuals who have completed a SR-approved training program for use of specific equipment (50% weekday 9am-5pm). 

Contact SR Director Chris Flask (caf@case.edu) for a free consultation on how to best utilize the imaging facilities or Michael Kavran (michael.kavran@case.edu) for scheduling and/or training.

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Acknowledgment

Remember to acknowledge the valuable services provided by Cancer Center Shared Resources in your research papers and publications: 
"This research was supported by the Imaging Research Shared Resource of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (P30CA043703)."

Contact for Information

Lab Location: Lerner Tower basement B-200
Office Location: Bolwell B115

Director: Chris A. Flask, PhD, 216.844.4963, caf@case.edu
Manager: Michael Kavran, 216.844.5091, michael.kavran@case.edu