Human Imaging Research Core (HIRC)

The HIRC provides administrative support for research conducted on clinical scanners at the UNM Hospitals Outpatient Surgery and Imaging Services (OSIS) center and at the UNM Hospitals main hospital.

medical scanner

To Request Services

For budget estimates and service requests, please fill out the Human Imaging Research Core Questionnaire.

Our Process



Based on fee-for-services, the HIRC will provide comprehensive research support to include

  • Budget development and pricing for grant submissions
  • Clinical trial feasibility assessments*
  • Site selection visit support*
  • Registration and scheduling of research participants
  • Data anonymization
  • Protocol development
  • Medical physics QC
  • Image storage on a dedicated research PACS

* In order to provide sufficient time for the HIRC team to complete documents for Clinical Trial Feasibility Review, please provide advance notice for any required reviews or site visits.


HIRC supported modalities include MRI*, CT, fluoroscopy, mammography, nuclear medicine, ultrasound and general radiography.

If you don’t see what you need please contact us.

*The MRI scanners include several anatomically-specific surface coils, volume coils, and standard of care imaging protocols with and without contrast.


MRI scanners are generally available seven days a week between 6:30 AM and 11:00 PM. To minimize the impact on clinical imaging and patient wait times, availability will be limited to 10 research slots (30-45 min/slot) per week. It should be noted that advanced MRI research protocols or works-in-progress (WIPs) sequences will not be available on clinical scanners at this time. In addition, all diagnostic images acquired in a clinical/hospital environment require a radiologist review to identify and report critical or incidental findings.

For other modalities, please contact us for availability.


Radiology Research Contact Information

Research Coordinator
Tabitha Kirkendall

Research Radiology Technologist
Krista Russel

Research Manager
RuthAnne Bump

Mailing Address:
Department of Radiology
MSC 10 5530
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Reginald Heber Fitz Hall

Phone: 505-272-3779
Fax: 505-272-5821