Department of Radiology

How to Set Up a Research Study

There are five steps for setting up a research study:

  • Protocol Development
  • Nuclear Medicine Research Operations Committee(NMROC) Application
  • Review by NMROC 
  • Scheduling

Protocol Development

Every protocol that involves studies that will be done in a manner that differs from the standard clinical PET/CT protocols must have a Nuclear Medicine Authorized User (AU) involved in the Protocol Development and listed on the protocol (please follow the links for a description of the standard protocols and a listing of the AUs on the personnel page). The AU can help in the development of a protocol that will target the particular hypothesis being studied while ensuring adequate image quality and maintaining superior clinical standards of excellence.

If you are having difficulty finding an AU, please contact:

Daniel Pryma
215-349-5272
daniel.pryma@uphs.upenn.edu

Please contact Erin Schubert to discuss the study charges. The study charges are not guaranteed for the length of a research study. They are subject to change with approval by the School of Medicine.

Nuclear Medicine Research Application

Completely fill out the Nuclear Medicine Research application form. This includes information about the people associated with the research study and some specifics about the equipment and radiopharmaceuticals that will be used for the studies. If you are unsure about how to answer a particular question, please contact the AU associated with your protocol for guidance.

Any questions that are left unanswered or are answered incompletely may delay the review and approval while clarification is obtained.

Review by Nuclear Medicine Research Operations Committee

Your application must be reviewed and approved by the IRB (Institutional Review Board), the RRSC (Radiation Research Safety Committee), and NMROC. Each committee has a different focus and, as such, the approval of the protocol by the individual committees is done in concert.

The final approval will come from the IRB, once both the RRSC and NMROC have approved the protocol. Study participants cannot be scheduled until final approval from the IRB is received.

Scheduling

All research studies, except for standard-of-care FDG research studies, must be scheduled through Erin Schubert . The PET scan request must be emailed to Erin Schubert, so that she can schedule the study. Please be aware that for a non-FDG study (i.e FLT, EF-5, etc.), there may be scheduling limitations due to the times at which the radiopharmaceutical can be delivered.

To schedule standard-of-care FDG research studies, call Radiology scheduling at 215-662-3000 and have all information in the PET scan request form available for the scheduler.

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