Information for research participants

The imaging research we carry out is dependent on the participation of research study participants.

As a participant in a research study, your first point of contact will be the referring doctor or research nurse, who will provide you with all the details of the study, and ask you to consent to being involved.

As a research study participant, you are free to withdraw your consent to being involved in a study at any time.

This section contains information on the scanner locations and how we process your data as a research study participant.

Where are the scanners located?

Our scanners are located at four different sites across Greater Manchester:

St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Our PET-MR scanner is located adjacent to the Nuclear Medicine department on the ground floor of the hospital. Car parking (paid) is available in either of the two multi-storey car parks on Grafton Street and Hathersage Road.

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Our 3T scanner is located on the ground floor of the Irving Building. Car parking (paid) is available in the East Car Park across Stott Lane.

Manchester Clinical Research Facility

Our 3T scanner is located on the ground floor of the Manchester Clinical Research Facility building on Grafton Street in the centre of Manchester. Car parking (paid) is available in the Grafton Street multi-storey car park, which is adjacent to the CRF.

Our 1.5T MR scanner, PET-CT scanner and HRRT brain PET scanners are all located on the ground floor of the Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre, 27 Palatine Road, Withington, Manchester, M20 3LJ. We have a number of free car parking spaces for research participants, so please make sure you ask your study team to organise one for you before your scanning appointment.

Privacy notice for the Imaging Facilities

The University of Manchester processes your information in accordance to data protection laws such as the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The Imaging Facilities, which is part of the University of Manchester, performs MR, PET and PET-MR imaging on research study participants as part of ethically approved studies. As part of this process, the Imaging Facilities processes personal information about research study participants.

The Imaging Facilities utilises an online booking system for all imaging studies which is hosted by the University of Edinburgh. Any personal information held on the system is not shared with the University of Edinburgh; the University of Edinburgh hosts the system but only accesses the system for maintenance purposes.

The Imaging Facilities is obliged to share data on research participants with Sponsors of ethically approved studies. No personal information on research participants is shared with third parties.

Individual study teams hold personal information on participants and this, and how it is stored, will be detailed in the patient information sheets which are given to each participant when they join a study.

PET and PET-MR studies

The Imaging Facilities holds personal information about participants, such as name, date of birth, contact number, weight, height, gender and address. We store this information in locked cabinets for a length of time as prescribed by the Sponsor of each study and access is protected and restricted to members of the Imaging Facilities’ QA team and representatives of the Sponsor.

MR studies

The Imaging Facilities holds personal information about participants, such as name, date of birth, contact number, weight, height, gender and address. We store this information in the MR control room to which access is restricted by swipe card access. The information is retained for a length of time as prescribed by the Sponsor of each study.

For further information on how information is processed within the University’s Imaging Facilities, please contact Denise Ogden. Should research participants wish to exercise their subject rights as prescribed by the DPA or GDPR, please contact the University’s Records Management, Data Protection and Freedom of Information Office at foi@manchester.ac.uk.