Imaging Consulting Resource
The goal of the CTSA Imaging Consulting Resource is to facilitate access to both clinically established and novel imaging methods, both of which are becoming increasingly important in translational research. Because of its noninvasive nature and applicability across different organ systems and diseases, imaging is used in longitudinal clinical research studies to characterize biological processes and how they progress.
The Imaging Consulting Resource aims to integrate state-of-the-art clinical and novel imaging into translational research at Mayo Clinic. The consultation service has access to the resources of Mayo Clinic's Department of Radiology, which comprises 160 radiologists and physicists and has state-of-the-art instrumentation in all areas of clinical imaging. All the scanners in Mayo's clinical departments are available for use in clinical research studies.
Services and equipment
The service does not provide access to imaging equipment; rather, it serves Mayo Clinic investigators in an advisory capacity. The Imaging Consulting Resource can:
- Assist you in choosing the correct imaging protocol for your study
- Help fine-tune your imaging protocol to ensure you obtain usable data
- Facilitate access to existing imaging technologies
- Computed tomography (CT)
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Nuclear medicine (PET, PET/CT, SPECT)
- Ultrasound (US)
- Conventional radiography (CR)
- Develop new imaging methods (should existing methods be unsuitable for your study)
Recent novel developments
- For Dr. Sree Nair's study of muscle metabolism in diabetic Asian Indians, the service provided a phosphorus spectroscopy technique to measure PCr recovery following exercise in the magnet
- Also for Dr. Nair, the core developed a method to measure intramyocellular lipids (IMCLs) in normal volunteers for potential use in muscle metabolism studies
- For Dr. Rita Basu's diabetic patch clamp studies, the core is currently developing a method to measure brain perfusion in the hypothalamus
Accessing the service
An initial consultation can be scheduled by contacting Dr. Port.
There is no charge for imaging consulting services. However, investigators are responsible for the actual cost of scans/tests.
John Port, M.D., Ph.D.