Musculoskeletal Imaging Research Core
Director: Martin Torriani
Location: 55 Fruit Street, YAW 6048, Boston, MA 02114
Musculoskeletal Imaging Research
 
 
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: mtorriani@partners.org

Other Staff:

Research Scientist: Bijoy Thomas, M.D.
Phone: (617) 724-0548
Fax: (617) 726-5282
Email: bjthomas@partners.org

Research Fellow: Aditya Patel, M.Sc.
Phone: (617) 643-1566
Fax: (617) 726-5282
Email: apatel28@partners.org

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 jMRU.
  • Quantitative Computed Tomography (QCT): QCT used for assessment of body composition (fat and muscle compartments) and bone mineral density.
Fee Schedule/Rates (Effective 1/1/11-9/30/11):

Important Note: when budgeting for MIRC services, the MIRC fee must be budgeted as Other Expenses. The technical fee (Hospital Charge After Research Discount) should be budgeted as a Patient Care expense.

Quantitative Computed Tomography
MIRC Fee (budget as Other Expense)
Hospital Charge After Research Discount
Total Cost per Exam
Internal †
External Academic
External Industry
QCT (single slice at L4 for VAT/SAT measures and bone mineral density with or without single slice for thigh fat and muscle compartments)
$172
$208
$380
$456
$481
QCT (slices at L1-L2-L3-L4 for bone mineral density with or without single slice for thigh fat and muscle compartments)
$172
$188
$360
$436
$461
QCT (lumbar and femur volumetric acquisition for bone mineral density)
$196
$188
$394
$471
$500


Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS)
MIRC Fee (budget as Other Expense)
Hospital Charge After Research Discount
Total Cost per Exam
Internal †
External Academic
External Industry
MRS (Data Acquisition and Analysis) *
$205
$428
$633
$724
$755
MRS Services:
Protron Spectroscopy - Muscle, Bone Marrow, Liver
Phosphorous Spectroscopy - Muscle, Liver
Additional Services:
Single MR image of the abdomen at the level of L4 for VAT/SAT measures
Single MR image for thigh fat and muscle compartments
*Any combination of the above services can be performed. The above charges are for a 45-minute time slot in the MR scanner.

 

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MIRC Fee (budget as Other Expense)
Hospital Charge After Research Discount
Total Fee per Exam
Internal †
External Academic
External Industry

MRI of Upper Extremity Joint (without contrast) (Data Acquisition only)

$121
$567
$688
$742
$894

MRI of Lower Extremity Joint (without contrast) (Data Acquisition only)

$121
$578
$699
$753
$905

MRI of Lumbar Spine (without contrast) (Data Acquisition only)

$121
$532
$653
$707
$859

† Note that the MIRC Fee portion of the charge will bear overhead. Please budget accordingly.

Getting Started:

To access the core, please contact Dr. Torriani at (617) 726-7717 or by email at
mtorriani@partners.org.

Departmental Web Link:

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

 

 
 
     
 

 

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Elaine Zive
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EZIVE@PARTNERS.ORG
617-954-9851