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Research Imaging Collaboration Office (RICO)

The Research Imaging Collaboration Office (RICO) is a new resource for the centralized and efficient coordination of industry-sponsored studies utilizing radiology imaging services. 


* Please note: Submission for application will commence on January 15th, 2022.*


Who is RICO? The Research Imaging Collaboration Office is a team within the Department of Radiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to facilitate your research projects by meeting your imaging research needs.

What can we provide? Our intake process comprehensively evaluates your research project for radiology protocol nuances, needs, and specifications. Once we collect all necessary information from the protocol, our trained radiologists, technicians, and research administrators will provide a detailed letter of support with our department's services and associated fees.

How can we provide service to your research? If you have a new research project needing radiology services, please complete the in-take survey application here. A department team member will contact you within two business days for any outstanding information. 

Our Process and Timeline:

Once the intake survey has been submitted, it will be dispatch to our department team for feasible evaluation. The evaluation will take five business days for the radiology team to assess the study for pertinent information.

  • The study link to the intake form
  • The radiologist completes the final review and approves the survey
  • The finance team reviews the survey
  • CPT codes and fees are supplied for the letter of support
  • Letter of support is provided to the study team 


Research Imaging Collaboration Office Administrative Fee & Rates for Research Support Activities

Crystal K. Santillanes, CCRC, MS

Research Operations Manager & Access Program Liaison

For more information about RICO, you may contact Crystal K. Santillanes.

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