Located in the Medical Sciences Building on the Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minn., the Biomedical Imaging Resource (BIR) Core serves investigators at Mayo and throughout the world.
The BIR Core is built around a cutting-edge, secure server room, which houses imaging data and provides the computational power necessary to process client data. The room includes a fully redundant power infrastructure and is connected to the Mayo campuses and Internet. Data are seamlessly transmitted between client sites and BIR Core servers.
Server technology includes:
- Redundant virtual machine infrastructure for project-specific server implementations
- Several computational servers designed for process automation
- Fully redundant disk arrays to efficiently and securely store up to 40 terabytes of imaging data and results
- A backup system to ensure data are safe
- Optical media technology for archiving projects
Work space and equipment
Outside of the server room, BIR Core staff works in an environment optimized for image software development and image analysis, and each staff member has his or her own high-powered workstation for data processing.
The BIR Core also features radiology review space, a multimedia production center, shared high-performance computational workstations and a model construction lab.
Available technologies and equipment include:
- Two high-performance radiology review workstations with dual 24-inch monitors
- 3-D printer for constructing patient-specific anatomical models
- Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and platinum silicone model construction work space
- Computational graphics processing unit (GPU) workstations
- State-of-the-art poster printing technology with new synthetic, foldable poster paper