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Research and Clinical Trials

The Department of Radiology at Montefiore Medical Center is a key clinical research site for of the Department of Radiology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The Department operates a broad portfolio of imaging research resources including the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center on the Einstein campus. Imaging resources at Montefiore greatly augment this portfolio, particularly in the realm of clinical and translational research. The Division of Radiology Research aims to foster cutting-edge imaging research and responsibly administer usage of the Department's clinical imaging resources.

Ongoing Research Studies

Various clinical research projects are underway at all times in the department. Many of our studies are funded by NIH and private foundations, as well as institutional pilot grants. Our work has been published in leading journals and is frequently presented at national and international symposia.

Some of the studies currently in progress here include:

* Brain substrates of normal and pathologic aging (the Einstein Aging Study)
* Noninvasive coronary artery imaging
* Radiation exposure from diagnostic imaging procedures
* Efficacy of CT-guided core needle biopsy of retroperitoneal and pelvic lymph nodes
* Consequences of prolonged febrile seizures in childhood
* Predicting cognitive outcomes of traumatic brain injury with diffusion tensor MRI
* New agents to enhance pancreas imaging

We collaborate extensively with other departments in a multidisciplinary fashion. Radiology residents are an integral component of most research studies.

Research Resources

The Department administers many imaging resources, available to Radiology faculty and trainees and, through collaborative arrangements, other investigators. Limited access to imaging resources may be available for studies on a fee-for-service basis, generally in the context of an industry-sponsored trial. Due to the high volume of requests for access to our state-of-the-art technology - including, but not limited to multiple MRI and 64-slice CT scanners - we have implemented procedures to ensure responsible utilization of Radiology imaging systems for research purposes. Our first priority is patient care; hence there is an application and review process in order to assess our ability and timing to accommodate as many research requests as possible.

If you wish to access imaging resources for research purposes, please download the following forms and submit them to Jessica Delvalle, Department of Radiology Administrative Assistant for Academic Affairs, jdelvall@montefiore.org. You may also call her at (718) 920-6671.

Clinical Research Imaging Agreement Form
Clinical Research Approval Checklist