Frequently Asked Questions

Below are frequently asked questions about pursuing research projects at the Department of Radiology.

I have a research idea. What do I do now?

I have a research idea. What do I do now?

First, start with a literature search to see if your idea has been investigated by others and meet with a mentor or senior faculty to formulate a hypothesis and identify potential collaborators.

Depending on the type of project, you will either need a "data or specimen only" template  (formerly chart review/retrospective) or a "medical template" to develop your protocol before submitting to the appropriate review entities.

Find templates

For guidance or support, contact Andrew Oliver at oliv0190@umn.edu.

A researcher from another department has asked me to participate in their project. How do I do that?

A researcher from another department has asked me to participate in their project. How do I do that?

You will want to review the protocol and discuss the time commitment required.

At a minimum would need to be included as a second author on any paper. If there is significant time commitment and it’s a funded project, negotiate for a percent of your salary to be paid.

A researcher from another department needs radiology services as part of the protocol. What can I tell them?

A researcher from another department needs radiology services as part of the protocol. What can I tell them?

Direct them to Andrew Oliver at oliv0190@umn.edu.

I need a biostatistician. How do I access that service?

I need a biostatistician. How do I access that service?

You will need to complete a “service request” through the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Portal. Click the “my service requests” button and then follow the instructions.

You can also can contact Rachel Matthes, Biostatistical Program Specialist, at matthes@umn.edu or 612-626-6032. She will need to know, briefly, about your project, that you want to use the Radiology contract, and what deadlines you may have.

I need information from pathology. Who should I contact?

I need information from pathology. Who should I contact?

Contact Sami Amirouche at SAMIROU1@fairview.org.

I need to search EPIC medical records. Who can do that for me?

I need to search EPIC medical records. Who can do that for me?

Medical students or residents are great resources for this. Dr. Nascene (nasc0001@umn.edu) oversees the medical students and would be a good starting point.

Additionally, Dr. Kuehn-Hajder (kueh0094@umn.edu) would be able to identify potential candidates.

I have been contacted by someone in industry about being a PI for a study. What's my next step?

I have been contacted by someone in industry about being a PI for a study. What's my next step?

Obtain a copy of the protocol to review.

If you feel it is within your scope of abilities and have the time to support it, inform Andrew Oliver at oliv0190@umn.edu.

I have been approached about consulting for someone in industry. What's my next step?

I have been approached about consulting for someone in industry. What's my next step?

You will want to ask for a contract which lays out what you will provide and the compensation that will be given.

Then contact Andrew Oliver (oliv0190@umn.edu), who will help you with submitting this for review to the appropriate group.

Where do I start for conducting a Retrospective Chart Review research project?

Where do I start for conducting a Retrospective Chart Review research project?

How do I ask for resources to conduct a research project?

How do I ask for resources to conduct a research project?

There are resources available at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) to conduct imaging research and you would request “commitment pool” funding.

Contact Andrew Oliver at oliv0190@umn.edu to assist in the CMRR application process or to discuss other possible funding sources for your project.

Otherwise, Dr. Dietz does have money allocated for research and a well-developed research protocol can be presented to him.

Who can I contact for assistance with calculating ionizing radiation exposure for my Human Use Subcommittee (HUS) application?

Who can I contact for assistance with calculating ionizing radiation exposure for my Human Use Subcommittee (HUS) application?

Contact Dr. Ngoneh Jallow (jallo013@umn.edu) or Dr. Sunil Valaparla (svalapar@umn.edu). View the HUS application.