Musculoskeletal Imaging Research Core

Director: Martin Torriani
Location: 55 Fruit Street, YAW 6048, Boston, MA 02114



 
 
Core Summary:

The Musculoskeletal Imaging Research Core (MIRC) offers specialized imaging techniques including quantitative computed tomography (QCT), magnetic resonance (MR) spectroscopy of muscle and high-resolution soft tissue MR imaging.

Personnel/Contact Information:

Director: Martin Torriani, M.D., M.Sc.
Phone: (617) 726-7717
Fax: (617) 726-5282
Email: Torriani.Martin@mgh.harvard.edu

Facilities and Equipment:

Location of Core:

The facility is located at 55 Fruit Street, YAW 6048, Boston, MA 02114.

Major Equipment:

The MGH MIRC has access to state-of-the-art technology in diagnostic imaging available at the Massachusetts General Hospital main campus, MGH Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care, and Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. Available equipment for research imaging includes:

MRI/MRS
4 General Electric Signa 1.5 Tesla scanners
2 Siemens Sonata 1.5 Tesla scanners
2 Siemens Trio 3.0 Tesla scanners

CT
5 General Electric Light Speed 16-slice MDCT scanners

Services:
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): MR imaging techniques are available for researchers requiring high-resolution imaging of joints and soft tissues. Our staff provides expertise in design and implementation of imaging protocols.
  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS):
    • Proton MRS allows non-invasive measurement of metabolites such as lipids, total creatine, and choline.
      • Proton MRS services of muscle (for measurement of intramyocellular and extramyocellular lipids, total creatine and choline)
      • Proton MRS of bone marrow (for measurement of marrow fat)
      • Proton MRS of liver (for measurement of hepatocellular lipids)
    • Phosphorous MRS allows non-invasive assessment of muscle function through the measurement of metabolites such as phosphocreatine, ATP, ADP, inorganic phosphate and pH during rest, exercise and recovery.
  • Our MRS data is acquired on GE or Siemens scanners at 1.5T or 3.0T field strengths and is analyzed with validated softwares such as LCModel and jMRUI.
  • Quantitative Computed Tomography (QCT): QCT used for assessment of body composition (fat and muscle compartments) and bone mineral density.
FY14 Fee Schedule/Rates ( Effective 10/01/2013):


*If your study is industry-funded, please contact Dr. Torriani (Director) for fees. This also applies if an industry-funded study has an MGH investigator.

Dr Torriani's contact information is provided below in the "Getting Started" section

Service
NIH-funded-only fee 
External : Non-Partners AMC and Non-profit, , Foundation-funded

External Fee: For-profit and Industry

QCT
$185
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QCT Helical
$240
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MRI
$236
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MRS
$382
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Scheduling & Image Transfer
$47
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CT Phantom
$86
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MRI Phantom
$236
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Training with Radiologist
$150
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Training with Fellow
$140
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Getting Started:

**To access the core, please contact Dr. Torriani at (617) 726-7717 or by email at
Torriani.Martin@mgh.harvard.edu.

Departmental Web Link:

http://www2.massgeneral.org/radiology/index.asp?page=mirc

 

 
 
     
 

 

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