Siemens Prisma fit 3.0 T MRI ScannerScanning Services: The centerpiece of the INC is a Siemens Prismafit 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system equipped with 20- and 32-channel head coils. INC researchers use different types of images to explore the brain, including: functional MRI (fMRI) to measure brain activity related to various behaviors; diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to understand the connectivity and architecture within the brain; and structural imaging to determine the locations and sizes of brain structures. INC researchers investigate brain activity and structure in healthy and clinical populations across all ages, from infants to older adults.

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Storage Infrastructure:

INC’s storage and computing resources rely on services from INC staff, as well as infrastructure from CU Boulder’s Research Computing (RC) and Shared Infrastructure Services  (SIS) divisions. Raw scanner data are synced daily with the PetaLibrary, a National Science Foundation-subsidized service for the storage, archiving, and sharing of research data managed by RC. INC maintains 575  TB of active storage on the PetaLibrary for storing the raw and processed data. This storage pool can be expanded on demand via a request to RC without incurring any down time. Additionally, INC maintains 100 TB of taped-backed archive storage on PetaLibrary (managed by RC) for backing up compressed archive data.

Compute Infrastructure:

INC has maintained a close relationship with University of Colorado Research Computing (CURC) for the support of both Data and Compute Infrastructure. INC is a participating facility for CURC's newly constructed hybrid cloud computing (CUmulus) infrastructure. INC has deployed an NIH compliance platform, Flywheel within CUmulus with includes 4 virtual machines for data ingestion, compute, and database management. Analyses and processing of the data are also still available on an high performance compute (HPC) cluster managed by Research Computing (Blanca), which consists of 12 INC-owned compute nodes (in addition to 2 dedicated login nodes). The compute nodes are heterogeneous; however, each node has 256GB of RAM and a minimum of a 2.4 GHz processor (5 nodes have a 2.6 GHz processor). Seven of the nodes have 32 processing cores, while the remaining 5 have 28 cores for a total of 364 compute cores. Software for data processing and analysis on Blanca includes: slurm workload manager, MatLab, R, Python, AFNI, FSL, SPM, CONN, fMRIPrep, HCP Pipeline, Caret, FreeSurfer, and many more containerized analysis pipelines.

Data and Analysis Services: Below is a list of data and analysis services offered at INC. For a more detailed description of what is included in each service, please click on the name of the service. Rates for each service are listed in the section below this summary. Clients do not need to scan with us in order to take advantage of these services (we have multiple ways of safely and securely transferring your scanner data onto our storage servers).

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analysis services summary

  • Data Storage Services: Measured in terabytes of managed storage on CU's PetaLibrary

  • NIH Compliance and Analysis Services: Whether a study is actively scanning or wanting to analyze retrospective data with INC, the per session analysis rate is $135/session. A session is defined as a single participant visit and all the acquisitions therein. Back-to-back participants are counted as two separate sessions (even when booked as a single block on the MRI calendar). If a participant needed to unexpectedly leave and re-enter the scanner on the same day (e.g. bathroom, uncomfortable, etc), that participant's data is only counted towards one session. Please visit out Analysis Services page to learn more about whats include our analysis services.

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Rates Fiscal Year 2024:

Invoices for INC services including scanning services and NIH compliance and analysis fees are gennerated on a monthly basis. Data storage costs are billed quarterly, and allocation size is assessed at the end of each billing period. Note: the data storage rate is counted in total TBs used on PetaLibrary, not just new data added. Data added and deleted within the same billing period would not incur any cost.

Item Name Units of Sale Internal Rate External Federal Rate External Non-Profit Rate External Corporate Rate
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Data Storage Terabyte/year $100


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