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We are looking for Citizen Scientists to help us understand how imaging biomarkers can inform health and what variables affect the quality of imaging data, specifically MRI imaging data. Please know that MRI Imaging has no radiation, unlike other medical imaging such as X-Ray, CT Scans, or PET scans. MRI is non-invasive, there is no radiation, and no other contrast agents will be used in our studies.

What should I expect?

  • After you sign-up, we will contact you, provide an overview of the research, and answer your questions, termed the “informed consent” process. You will sign an informed consent form prior to doing the MRI scan.
  • If you pass our safety screening and qualify for participating in this research study, we will schedule you for a 90-minute MRI scan at our Q Center at: 410 Brewster Avenue, Redwood City, CA 94063.
  • We will screen for safety and any reasons why you cannot undergo MRI - you will not be able to participate in our studies if you have any risks.
  • You are volunteering for research scans only; this is not diagnostic or medical care.
  • You will not receive any consultation or review of data or report at the end of the research scans.
  • You will have the option to be compensated $100 Amazon Gift Card per session upon selection and participation in research.

What should I expect?

  • After you sign-up, we will contact you, provide an overview of the research, and answer your questions, termed the “informed consent” process. You will sign an informed consent form prior to doing the MRI scan.
  • If you pass our safety screening and qualify for participating in this research study, we will schedule you for a 90-minute MRI scan at our Q Center at: 410 Brewster Avenue, Redwood City, CA 94063.
  • We will screen for safety and any reasons why you cannot undergo MRI - you will not be able to participate in our studies if you have any risks.
  • You are volunteering for research scans only; this is not diagnostic or medical care.
  • You will not receive any consultation or review of data or report at the end of the research scans.
  • You will have the option to be compensated $100 Amazon Gift Card per session upon selection and participation in research.
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Calling all Citizen Scientists!

We need help advancing research to build the next generation of medical scanning technology and develop better ways to measure changes in our anatomy for preventive health. We believe prevention is better than the best treatment. In order to build the best tools and make primary care work for everyone, we want to include more people in research. The problem is only a small percentage of Americans are involved in research today and many groups are under-represented. We want our research to reflect our communities.

Research Chart Americans

<10%

of Americans join Research

Research Chart Black People

14%

of study participants are Black

Research Chart Women

27%

of participants in cardiovascular studies are Women

Research Chart Asian People

<2%

of participants in studies conducted in the U.S. are Asian

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the goal of your study?
    • The goal of our study is to understand what variables affect the quality of non-contrast enhanced MRI imaging data. We will be collecting imaging data utilizing various sequences and parameters to better understand the effect on image quality. We are looking to determine the causes of natural variations over time in imaging data and determine methods and variables that affect reproducibility and quality of MRI imaging. This is important to understand how imaging biomarkers can inform health.
  • What will happen during the 90-minute scan?
    • You will need to be able to lie still for periods of time. Our MR tech will guide you through the process and instruct you on when to lie still.
    • You will need to wear ear protection as the MRI scan can be a bit loud. If you wish, we can play music during the scan.
    • You may need to get in and out of the MRI scanner at times depending on the protocol that our MR tech runs. Again, our MR tech will guide you through the process.
    • Not to worry about any radiation; unlike X-rays or CT scans, MRI does not have radiation.
  • Will I get data back or receive any consultation from your study?
    • We will share a personalized, non-medical and non-diagnostic image back as depicted here on our website. This is rendering based on your MRI scan that you are welcome to keep and share, but it is not to be used for clinical care purposes.
    • There is no diagnostic or clinical care.
  • You will not be receiving any consultation, review of data, or medical interpretation / report at the end of the research scans.
    • Again, we will not be making any diagnoses. We will be abiding by IRB protocol and incidental findings will be disclosed accordingly. We ensure adequate training and education on how to handle incidental findings for all radiomics researchers and staff involved with research. Please understand that our research scans are not clinical grade and therefore may not always be able to further elucidate any findings. We will alert you only if there are any immediate findings of concern, but otherwise we will not be looking for or specifically seeking diagnostic information from the medical imaging data collected.
  • All study participants must follow strict COVID-19 safety protocols, including but not limited to temperature checks and the use of hand sanitizer and face coverings. The Q Center facility exercises strict sanitation and cleaning standards, and our protocols adhere to the Universal Precaution Infection Control protocol recommended by the WHO and OSHA.