Research Imaging NSW (RINSW) is a new strategic initiative developed in partnership between UNSW, South East Sydney Local Health District and Neuroscience Research Australia to provide researchers with state-of-the-art MR imaging capabilities, and increase collaboration between leading academic, research and health care institutions, including the Sydney Children’s Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Women. The fully integrated clinical setting at the Prince of Wales Hospital supports basic through to translational and clinical research in patients/participant cohorts from neonates to centenarians.
The facility will comprise two 3T MRI systems, the Siemens MAGNETOM Vida and MAGNETOM Prisma, in a newly refurbished purpose-designed space in the Prince of Wales Hospital. The Vida was installed and commissioned in late 2018 and will be available to MR experienced users in 2019.
The Siemens MAGNETOM Vida is a 70 cm bore magnet design with a 60 mT and 200 T/m/s slew rate gradient system. It is equipped with a 64 channel head coil, 60 channel body coil and high density MSK coils enabling high end neuro, cardiac, body and musculoskeletal imaging. Cutting edge sequences enabling fMRI, DTI, perfusion, diffusion, asl, single breath hold cardiac and body imaging, T1 and T2 mapping, vascular imaging and Radiotherapy MR are also available. The facility has recently purchased the Cambridge Research Systems BOLDscreen 32" LCD display and Lumina response pads for fMRI studies.
A second scanner (Siemens MAGNETOM Prisma) will be available to researchers in 2020.
RINSW has capabilities to assist researchers in sequence design, testing and implementation onto the Vida system. An expert team of technical and scientific support staff comprised of Radiologists, Radiographers, MR Physicist and Siemens Clinical Scientist will be available in mid 2019 for advice and training.
The fee of $725 / hour* is applicable with the following conditions:
• Use of facility’s core equipment**
• Data transfer
• Medical supervision, including Duty of Care reporting
• Reasonable*** amount of training by facility staff on set up and use of core equipment and data analysis
• Training on safety aspects relating to the operation of core equipment (users are required to complete MR safety training prior to using the facility)
• Use of facility amenities for preparation and wind-down time (e.g. preparing the participant)
• Use of interview room (if available and booked prior)
Users are responsible for leaving the equipment in default settings and correct working order for the next user.
No charges apply to enquiries / initial consultation with facility staff on the feasibility of research projects.
Charges for pilot scans will be decided on a case by case basis. Up to 2 hours of pilot scanning for a given project will not be charged. No charges will apply to set up of standard protocols. More extensive method development specific to a research project will be charged.
Use of contrast agents, nursing support, general anaesthesia and sedation will be charged at cost, quoted on a case by case basis. Researchers are to approach the facility for quotes.
Fees will be reviewed annually. An annual price increase of 3% to cover cost of living increases is expected.
Cancellations will be charged as follows:
• Greater than 5 working days (121 hours) notice – no charge
• Less than 5 working days (121 hours) notice – 25% charge
• Less than 2 working days (48 hours) notice – 100% charge
Cancellations due to the following will be fully charged:
• MRI safety contraindications where a participant has not been adequately pre-screened. It is the responsibility of researchers to adequately pre-screen participants prior to attendance. Final screening will be conducted by Facility/POWH staff who explicitly reserve the right to exclude anyone from participation based on safety concerns. Exceptional circumstances where an adequate pre-screen is documented but participants cannot be scanned due to safety contraindications on the day will be assessed on a case by case basis.
• Insufficient detail on participant’s nominated medical practitioner. A nominated medical practitioner needs to be on file to enable the Facility’s Duty of Care process. The nominated medical practitioner may be a clinician who is part of the research study.
• Late arrivals of participant or researcher. It is the responsibility of the researchers to confirm attendance with participants.
Cancellation charges will be waived, if the user is able to find another user to take over the booking.
For research projects with more than 25% of bookings cancelled or changed, a flat cancellation rate of 50% will apply.
Cancellation fees may be waived for projects with unwell or unstable participant cohorts. Researchers are to approach facility staff to discuss the circumstances of their projects.
Bookings running over time will be charged a $200 fee. Bookings will not be permitted to run overtime if it would negatively impact a subsequent user’s booking.
To avoid running over time, researchers are advised to:
• Expect things to take 25% longer than planned;
• Ensure participant arrives 15 min early for safety checks;
• Allow for sufficient preparation and wind-down time
Cancellations due to equipment or staffing downtime or urgent maintenance will not be charged.
*Minimum unit of booking. Full fee will be charged even if scan time falls short of full hour.
**List to be compiled but will comprise the scanner itself plus peripheral equipment such as coils, fMRI kit, physiological monitoring equipment, etc.
***Defined as the amount of training expected to be required by a PhD or post doc with a basic understanding of the technique.
Researchers are required to have the appropriate research ethics approval in place before scanning can proceed. The primary Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) for this facility is the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) HREC. UNSW researchers with research projects involving only healthy volunteers may be able to obtain approval from the UNSW HREC.
Please contact us if you require information on how to apply for ethics approval for research projects conducted at the facility.
All scans are read by a radiologist as part of the 'Duty of Care' process and will receive a 'Duty of Care' report. More information on the Duty of Care process at RINSW that ensures incidental pathological findings are addressed appropriately is available here.