University of Wisconsin–Madison

Medical Imaging Research Support

circle divided in 4 parts: technical consideration, protocol development, imaging procedures, image analysis (MIRS-IA)
The UW Department of Radiology Medical Imaging Research Support (MIRS) provides assistance to UW research teams interested in using medical imaging as an outcome measure. Services include imaging-specific advice with respect to protocol development, imaging manual creation, regulatory requirements, nursing and study coordination, budget, and the use of well-validated image analysis available through the MIRS-Image Analysis (MIRS-IA) Core Lab.

Services are closely integrated with the Wisconsin Institute for Medical Research (WIMR) Imaging Services Center and involve the research program managers for each imaging modality to ensure that imaging procedures are planned in accordance with the requirements, policies, and procedures of the WIMR Imaging Services Center.

A major component of MIRS operations involves close coordination with the UW Carbone Cancer Center Imaging Core to support the multiple ongoing oncologic studies that make use of imaging.


Alex Arbuckle
MIRS Coordinator
Carbone Cancer Center Imaging

Samantha Mergen
MIRS Coordinator
Non-Cancer Imaging

Emily Ferris R(CT)
Acting Manager, MIRS-IA

Support Areas

Technical Consultation

  • Subspecialty trained radiologists
  • Imaging modality MD and PhD experts:
    • MRI
    • Ultrasound
    • CT
    • Fluoroscopy
    • PET

Imaging Procedures

  • Tracking Recruitment
  • Scheduling
  • Ongoing Imaging Protocol QC
  • Data Storage
  • Study Coordinators
  • Nursing
  • Quality and Compliance

Protocol Development

  • Regulatory Support
  • Budgeting
  • Modality Expertise
  • Imaging Manual Creation

Image Analysis (MIRS-IA)

  • 3D Printing
  • Body Composition Analysis
  • Cardiac Structure/Function
  • Expert Reader Support
  • Image De-identification and Coding
    Go to Research Image Requests
  • Image Upload to Sponsors
  • Incidental Findings Overreads
  • Quantitative Liver Analysis
  • Tumor Response Assessment