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Safety Policy

Scheduling/Billing Policy

TIM TRIO Quicknotes for operators

Begin a new study
To prepare for a new study at the Imaging Research Center, please follow these steps:
1. Download and fill out this form: New Protocol Initiation (Word doc)
2. Attach your protocol for review of safety issues and technical feasibility.
3. Attach your approved UC Davis IRB consent forms or Animal Use Protocol.
4. Submit the completed application to Jessica Hicks (916-734-4528, ). Please allow two weeks for technical review and processing. Once your protocol is approved, you will want to reserve time with the approprate resources (e.g. the Siemens 3T or a behavioral testing room, see below). Use of the MRI scanners is billed on an hourly basis.

Apply for pilot time
Investigators can request up to 30 hours of MRI scanner time at the Imaging Research Center for pilot research projects for which other support is not available. To apply for pilot time, please read these instructions (pdf version). You will need the Pilot Program Application Cover Sheet (Word doc)

Reserve resources
The MRI scanners, the mock scanner, and the behavioral testing rooms may all be reserved by qualified users at the IRC Calendar site. Please contact Scott Martin (916-734-4595) for the necessary username/password information.

Get Safety Trained
All research staff that use the MRI scanners must undergo onsite safety-training with annual renewals. Please visit this page to learn more.

Learn to Operate an MRI Scanner
Scanner operator training allows the user to operate the MRI scanner independently of the MRI technologist. At the IRC we have two scanners: 1) GE 1.5T and 2) Siemens 3T. To be eligible to attend scanner operator training, the participant must have completed and be current with MRI safety training. Indicate whether the training request is for the GE 1.5 or the Siemens 3T. Training is on a first-come, first-served basis. The training consists of four 2-hour sessions and is limited in class size. To request "Scanner Operator Training" please email Jerry Sonico at .

Join the mailing list
The fmri-mri-group mailing list is a primary resource for daily information about scanner status and scheduling at the Imaging Research Center. Please contact Scott Martin (916-734-4595, ) to have your email address added.

Read the operations manual
The "Orientation and Operations Manual" is available to researchers conducting or planning to conduct studies at the Imaging Research Center (last updated February 2003).
Click here to view the manual.
Additional technical support documentation is available here:
Technical Documentation for Researchers
This documentation should be more current, but may not be complete.

Access data and computing resources
Click the heading above to learn more about acquiring, formatting, and processing your scan data.