Getting Started with MRI Research

To begin, you will need human subjects or animal research approval through the BIDMC CCI/IRB, IACUC, or another appropriate regulatory body.

  • The BIDMC CCI/IRB has standard language for use in the ICF for studies involving MRI. MRI has specific contraindications and safety issues that will be important exclusion criteria for your subjects.
  • If your study will be using a contrast agent or other medication administered during the scan, certain information will also need to be included with your protocol.
  • We recommend that you include a procedure for handling suspicious findings in your IRB protocols.
  • Please contact us at mriresearch@bidmc.harvard.edu for advice on how to include information on these topics in your human subject’s protocol.

A funding source is required for scanning with us. However, if you do not have funding, you may apply for a limited number of internally funded pilot scans to obtain preliminary data for publication and grant submissions.

If you are unfamiliar with MRI scanning, generally or specifically at our facility, please contact us and we will work with you to develop an appropriate scanning procedure. It is helpful to determine the scanning procedure prior to submitting your human subject’s protocol because the information is needed to estimate scan time and to determine necessary procedures.

Once you have an approved protocol, we ask you to complete a Request for MR Scan Time form (PDF).

Related Links

  • Clinical Scan Questions