User fees and why we have themThe MR Centre is accessible to all academic and clinical researchers, and is maintained in large part by the hourly fees which those research users pay. These fees are used solely for the upkeep of the Centre including the maintenance of the MR scanners, imaging software updates and salary support for the Centre's personnel. Shared agreement between Radiology (Alberta Health Services) and Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry provides a certified MR Technologist and registered nurse during daytime hours for 1.5T studies, so the user fees are equal between all three systems.
The rates are typical for MR research facilities across Canada.
The grant-funded user fee as of April 01, 2012 on human studies is currently constant across each of the three MRI systems at $525 per hour for scanner usage 24/7Inflationary annual increases of $25 per hour are anticipated for the foreseeable future resulting in fees of $550 (2013), $575 (2014), and $600 (2015).
The rate structure for Industry contracts is negotiable on an individual basis.
Contrast agents and related supplies must be purchased by investigator.
Typical patient studies are 1 hour including preparation, clean-up time and data back-up
The absolute minimum scan time that can be booked or billed is 30 minutes