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Performing Imaging Research at UCH and C-TRIC

Human imaging research can be performed at University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) and/or CTRIC, subject to approval by the Department of Radiology.  The UCH Research Support Services (RSS) must approve of research studies performed at UCH and Radiology Department approval is required for any study with imaging paid for by research funds. For information on the review process, please explore the Protocol Approval Process tab or contact the Department of Radiology
Research Coordinator​


The C-TRIC PET/CT scanner is capable of both human and large animal imaging. For information on utilizing this state-of-the-art scanner for human studies, contact the Department of Radiology Research Coordinator. To learn more about large animal imaging, contact Dr. Natalie Serkova.


The Quantitative Image Analysis (QIA) Lab can provide assistance if you require central radiology review services, need guidance on imaging protocols or have questions about analysis techniques and capabilities.

Protocol Approval Process

The Department of Radiology welcomes opportunities for collaborative research. We strongly encourage principal investigators and study coordinators to involve radiology at the beginning of the protocol and budget approval process. This helps ensure that the appropriate professional and technical services are available for your study, minimizing any delays in startup. 

The protocol review process begins with submitting your study to the Human Subject Research Protocol portal.

Your protocol and study documents will be reviewed for feasibility, the radiology resources reqired, and pricing. The length of the review depends on the complexity of the study. Most studies only require review by the Research Coordinator, whereas a complex study could include review by a physicist, radiologist, and several radiology technologists. 


Cancer Imaging

Our Department supports the following tumor response measurement protocols for cancer trials. These technical measurement techniques are integrated into our clinical workflow. The following tumor response criteria analyses are currently supported by our Faculty:


RECIST 1.0, RECIST 1.1, irRC, Cheson, RANO, CNS


Medical Physics Billing Rates: FY19 (July 1st, 2018 - June 30th, 2019)


​​Service ​​Price
​Tumor Measurement
(RECIST, RANO, IrRC, Cheson)
​Protocol Review Level 2 ​$118
​Protocol Review Level 3 ​$295
​Protocol Setup on Scanner ​$79
​Test Imaging ​$59
​Site Initiation Visit/Training

For more information about the radiology review, please contact the Research Coordinator. For more information about submitting your study through the Human Subject Research portal, please contact the Clinical Research Support Center​


All imaging sites at UCH are ACR accredited. Imaging equipment at UCH and C-TRIC includes:


Imaging protocol and analysis guidance for research studies is available through the Quantitative Image Analysis Laboratory.