The Cardiac Imaging Research Core Lab (CIRCL) provides shared access to state-of-the-art multimode clinical and preclinical image analysis tools and data transfer infrastructure. The core lab enables its users to perform advanced image analysis, participate in multi-centre imaging research, and provide imaging core lab services to research projects of all sizes. CIRCL and its collaborators provide a full spectrum of consultation and technical services for successful project management from conception to completion.
- Shared computer equipment (Room H1216+H1431+H1110)
- Data transfer, management, and archiving
- Image analysis
- Study coordination
- Imaging and interpretation standardization
- Study design
- Statistical analysis
- Software development and prototyping
- Training and education
- Over $1M invested from CAIN-CFI, UOHI, Image-HF, MDS-Nordion, and other sources
- Over 60TB of secure and regularly backed-up data storage
- High-performance computing (HPC) capabilities (MATLAB, etc.)
- More than a dozen modern computer work stations
- Large, high-quality graphical displays
- User-friendly and PHI-secure data transfer and anonymization protocols
- Dozens of unique imaging and statistical analysis software packages
- Supported imaging modalities: PET, µPET, SPECT, µSPECT, CT, µCT, ECHO, µECHO, MRI, histology
- Over 60,000 lines of code written
- Local support from the on-site CIRCL manager
- An extensive and growing library of hard-copy monographs and e-books, freely available for internal use.
CIRCL and its participating researchers play a range of roles including:
- Lead site – Main site administering a research project including funding, study design, study management, data analysis, and publication.
- Core lab – A specialized lab, able to perform advanced analysis, quality assurance, and standardization of image acquisition and interpretation.
- Imaging site – A site that acquires data and performs interpretation as part of a multi-center trial.