2020-11-18 MRRC: Not moving forward with Dense Scheduling

November 18, 2020

Good Afternoon,

After discussion with our Advisory group and the surging number of cases of COVID-19 in Allegheny County and nationally, we will not be moving forward with the more dense schedule starting on December 1st, 2020. We will continue with the current 2 hour block scheduling and staggered starts. We will reassess in January 2021 in regards to moving to a more dense schedule.

If training of new staff is needed
    • Users can request available time or canceled time for the day of or day before
    • Two members from the research team are able to come to the MRRC and train using MRRC practice control rooms on their task. Please submit a priority request or email Jen.
    • Users can request available time or canceled time, for the day of or day before.
    • Please note: we are no longer allowing an additional research staff member to accompany the subject and RA to observe the scan from the hallway.

    • If your MRI is 2 hours long, you may schedule ad-hoc for available or canceled time for the last slot of the day.
    • If you will be suspending your studies for a period of time or aren’t able to fill the current fixed slots you have, please let me know ASAP and I will release them to the community.
    • The MRRC staff will be removing the more dense slots that were added for December 2020 and adding the 2 hour block COVID-19 fixed schedule-over the next few days. Attached is the fixed schedule template for COVID-19, in case there are any questions or uncertainty of fixed slots.
    • For any slots that are already confirmed (yellow), they will take priority over fixed slots-however their start time maybe moved to adhere to the start of the 2 hour fixed block.

    • Wait to be called to come to the MR center for your scan
    • Use the correct practice room that you reserved
    • Wear a face covering and practice social distancing
    • Continue to screen your participants 24 hours in advance of their MRI for COVID-19
    • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer

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Please stay safe, and if there are any questions please do not hesitate to reach out.

Thank you,
Ashok Panigrahy, Beatriz Luna, & Jen Dobberstein