Center For Advanced Magnetic Resonance Development (CAMRD)

Mission & Projects

The Center for Advanced Magnetic Resonance (MR) Development (CAMRD) is a research facility of the Department of Radiology at the Duke University Medical Center (DUMC). The Center’s mission is to support biomedical research within the Department, the Medical Center, and across the entire Duke research community. In addition to our own imaging technology-centered research, CAMRD faculty maintain active collaborations with research teams from the Duke Cancer Institute, Biomedical Engineering, the Pratt School of Engineering, and the Biomedical Research Imaging Center. We also support a large number of clinical trials as an imaging center and via core labs operated by our faculty.

The main resource of the center is a whole-body, commercially manufactured 3 Tesla (Trio, Siemens Healthcare) MR Imaging and Spectroscopy System with full research capabilities. It is housed in close proximity to the clinical MR systems of the Department of Radiology in the Duke North Hospital. We have a full complement of 1H receive coils as well as 19F, 31P, and 129Xe coils.

The Center is fully equipped to perform clinical and research MR imaging or spectroscopy studies on humans or large animals. A full range of monitoring, anesthesia, RF coil development, computer and instrumental control facilities as well as MR research technologists and physics/chemistry consultation are available to Department of Radiology researchers and their collaborators. We are also able to support research imaging of inpatients housed within the Duke University Hospital.

Submit a Project

CAMRD Approval Process:

  • CAMRD Review Committee meets once per month
  • Project needs to be submitted by the end of month prior to next scheduled meeting
  • Submit completed CAMRD Project Application, a copy of the finalized imaging manual and study protocol to camrd-admins@dm.duke.edu. For your convenience: (Additional Information can be found here)
  • Funding source needs to be included (i.e. copy of grant application or fund code)
  • Review of project application does not require IRB approval; however, study activities in CAMRD will not begin until the IRB approval occurs
  • Scan time for projects with IRB and CAMRD committee approval can be scheduled by contacting our MRI Technologists by email: CAMRD-technologists@dm.duke.edu or phone: 919.684.7400
  • Additional information on scheduling process and facility usage can be found here: CAMRD Guidelines

 Project Renewal:

  • Renewal for CAMRD study projects occurs annually
  • Prior to project expiration date, please complete Project Renewal Application and email to Gemini Janas, BS RT(R)(CV)
  • If no renewal application is received by the Committee, it will be assumed that the project has been completed or closed.

Guidelines

Routine Guidelines for all human research studies conducted in CAMRD

  • The study team is responsible for scheduling subjects by contacting our MRI Technologists by email:CAMRD-technologists@dm.duke.edu or telephone 919.684.7400. At the time of scheduling, the CAMRD study number and subject ID are required.
  • All members of the study team are required to abide by CAMRD safety policies when accompanying subjects within the MRI department. Please see separate safety guidelines here: MRI Screening of Patients and Others.
  • Please ensure your subjects have completed the informed consent process prior to their arrival for their MRI exam.
  • Please ensure that any special subject preparation that is required for specific studies (i.e. fasting, NPO, IV placement, etc.) has been completed. Please note that the CAMRD team is unable to place IVs.
  • If an intravenous contrast agent is to be usedfemales of child-bearing potential must have a negative Pregnancy Test (serum beta-hCG) within 48 hours of the MRI exam. Test results will be verified by CAMRD personnel.  CAMRD Contrast Use Guidelines.
  • A member of the study team must accompany the subject directly to CAMRD and stay for the duration of the imaging study. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled appointment time.
  • The CAMRD Research Subject Information form and MRI Safety Screening form must be completed for each visit and presented to the technologist at the time of MRI appointment.
  • Documentation of any necessary lab values must be provided to the CAMRD MRI technologist before the MRI examination begins.
  • Please notify the CAMRD MRI technologist if the subject has an implanted device (i.e. stent, IUD, IVC filter) or has been injured by a metallic object (i.e. BB, bullet, shrapnel)– AT LEAST ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE EXAMINATION DATE.
  • See additional information on CAMRD guidelines.
  • For animal projects, please contact us for further information.

Schedule

Scheduling Subjects:

  • To schedule subjects in CAMRD, please review the calendar below for availability and contact our MRI technologists by email: CAMRD-technologists@dm.duke.edu or by telephone 919.684.7400. At the time of scheduling, the CAMRD study number and subject ID are required. (Note: For best view of the calendar time options, please view on a computer versus a mobile device (i.e. cell phone).
  • Also, at the time of scheduling, please review the Patient MRI Safety Screening form  with the subject to see if they have any implanted devices (i.e. stent, IUD, IVC filter) or have been injured by a metallic object (i.e. BB, bullet, shrapnel). Please notify CAMRD technologist AT LEAST ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE EXAMINATION DATE of any implanted device or metallic object injury.
  • The CAMRD Research Subject Information form must be completed for each visit and presented to the technologist at the time of MRI appointment.
  • A member of the study team must accompany the subject directly to CAMRD and stay for the duration of the imaging study.
  • All labs, pregnancy tests, IV placements, consent for the study, the Research Subject Form, and MRI Safety Screening Form review must be completed prior to arriving for the scheduled appointment.
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled appointment time to allow enough prep time for the subject and technologist.
  • If you are unable to arrive 15 minutes prior to the appointment time, please contact Jean Shaffer at 919.684.7400 as it may be necessary to reschedule
  • For additional CAMRD Guidelines, please click here

CAMRD Calendar

Contact

Leadership

Mustafa R. Bashir, MD – Medical Director
H. Cecil Charles, PhD – Scientific Director
Bastiaan Driehuys, PhD – Scientific Director

Faculty & Staff

Mustafa R. Bashir, MD
H. Cecil Charles, PhD
Bastiaan Dreihuys, PhD
Raven Boykin, RT(R)MR – Research Technologist
Gemini Janas, BS RT(R)(CV) – Protocol Submissions & Billing
Jean Shaffer, RT(R)MR, MRSO – Lead Research Technologist
Brian Soher, PhD – Faculty

Scientific Committee

Mustafa R. Bashir, MD – Abdominal Imaging
H. Cecil Charles, PhD
Bastiaan Dreihuys, PhD
Joseph G. Mammarappallil, MD – Cardiothoracic Radiology
Rendon C. Nelson, MD, FACR – Abdominal Radiology
Michael Malinzak, MD, PhD – Neuroradiology
James M. Provenzale, MD, FACR – Neuroradiology
Brian Soher, PhD

Mailing Address

Duke University Medical Center
Center for Advanced MR Development
2301 Erwin Road
Duke North, Room 1837
Durham, NC 27710

Phone: 919.684.7400
Email:    camrd-admins@dm.duke.edu

Research

Collaborative Labs

Bashir Lab for Liver Imaging Research
Our laboratory focuses on advanced imaging methodologies in body imaging, especially MRI of the liver. We aim to further our understanding of existing techniques and develop novel imaging methods, in part through a rich group of collaborations with members of the Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis Clinical Research Network (NASH CRN) and Liver Imaging Reporting and Data System (LI-RADS) committee.  Learn more…

Barboriak Laboratory
The goal of our research is to improve the care of patients with malignant brain tumors. Our first aim is to use magnetic resonance imaging and other techniques to better understand how malignant brain tumors recur and spread.  Learn more…

Duke Image Analysis Laboratory
The Duke Image Analysis Laboratory (DIAL) is committed to providing comprehensive imaging support in in research studies and clinical trials to various agencies.  The capabilities of the lab include protocol development, site training and certification, and image archival and analysis for a variety of modalities including magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, computed tomography, and nuclear medicine.  Learn more…

Driehuys Laboratory
My research program is focused on developing and applying hyperpolarized gases to enable fundamentally new applications in MRI. Currently we use this technology to non-invasively image pulmonary function in 3D.  Learn more…

Soher Laboratory 
My research focuses on the development and clinical translation of quantitative, multi-parametric MRI and MR spectroscopy (MRS) data acquisition and analysis techniques. These methods are applicable to the characterization of both chronic and focal pathologies, originally in the brain, but more recently in other organs such as liver and muscle.  Learn more…

Active Research Projects

Our Center supports biomedical research throughout the entire Duke research community, and collaborates with numerous study teams and institutes affiliated with Duke. Our collaborations extend outside of Duke as well. We also support a large number of clinical trials as an imaging center and via core labs operated by our faculty. Click here to view our Active Projects .


Click here to view Inactive/Closed Research Projects