Center for Imaging Research

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Investigator Agreement

In 2005, MCW, with federal grants, purchased and installed two state-of-the-art 3T GE Signa Excite Scanners. One is on the first floor of the Froedtert Pavillion and was upgraded to an MR 750 with state funding.

The Center for Imaging Research (CIR) maintains the scanner with annual payments. The center established recharge centers for each scanner.  The staff collects scanner fees based on 100% collection compliance, thereby charging extremely low scanner research fees. 

By signing this document, you, as the responsible investigator, indicate that you understand your responsibilities for complying with these policies and procedures.  Loss of scanner privileges is a consequence of noncompliance.

1.  Unused and Cancelled Scanner Time

•    25% of the full charge will be made for cancellations made up to 14 days of the assigned time slot.

•    No charge will be made for cancellations made more than 14 days before the assigned time slot.

•    There will be no charge for any cancelled time that is used by another investigator.

There will be no charges for time that was canceled because of the malfunction or failure of scanners or major CIR-maintained equipment.  This does not include failure or malfunction of investigator-provided equipment or the lack of availability of research subjects.

2.  Overdue Scanner Charges

On rare occasions, investigators repeatedly have failed to pay their scanner charges, despite multiple billings and requests.  Investigators whose billed charges are more than 90 days past due will be given notice that their use of scanner facilities will be withheld, if all billed charges are not paid within 30 days of that notice.

3.  General Development and Maintenance Scanner Time

General development and maintenance are critical to keep the scanners in a “state-of-the-art” condition.  As such, scanner fees will not be charged for this time.  Development time is defined as "the work and testing of 'products,' such as pulse sequences, data processing routines, equipment, etc. that is of general use to the user group."  This does not include the development or testing of methods or equipment by an investigator specifically for his/her research project.

4.  Institutional Review Board Compliance

Investigators will not be allowed to scan human subjects without an approved Institutional Review Board protocol.  Scan operators will review consent forms to determine if they are current. 


Investigator Name   MD PhD Both Ms Mr

Protocol No.


  I agree to comply with these rules and regulations.
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