Safety training is compulsory for anyone who uses the scanner or works on a project at BUCNI
(e.g. Research Assistants who look after participants attending to be scanned, etc.). This is taught in a
one-off session and dates will be announced via the mailing list (to which you can subscribe by following
the link on the left). Certified BUCNI users are required to attend safety training annually and will be
automatically reminded of when they need to attend a refresher session in order to remain certified.
Please email Mike Scopa (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
We encourage regular users of the scanner to become Certified Scanner Operators where possible. This has the advantage of
saving on the cost of hiring an operator and can increase scanning flexibility.
In order to become a Certified Operator at BUCNI, an MRI safety trained individual must complete
operator training with a BUCNI-Certified Operator Trainer. The process involves not only learning
how to safely put subjects into the scanner and operate the console, but also becoming familiar with
the BUCNI equipment, procedures, rules and regulations. On average, training lasts approximately 20
hours but this varies across individuals. The bottom line is that training takes as long as necessary
to master the material. Until then, trainees are not allowed to operate the scanner without the
assistance of a BUCNI Trainer.
The procedure is fairly simple:
Identify a Trainer who is willing to be your lead trainer. Please ask BUCNI administrator Mike Scopa
for a list of people who currently have a trainer account at BUCNI. This person is then responsible
for ensuring the completeness of your training, although other trainers may also contribute. Once
the trainer has agreed, the Principle Investigator on your project needs to send an email to Fred
Dick (f.dick at bbk.ac.uk) and Mike Scopa (email@example.com), cc'ing your main trainer
to confirm that they are happy for you to start the training, that they understand the procedures,
and that they are happy to cover the training fee.
Training involves one-on-one tuition with a trainer. Typically, this begins by observing the trainer whilst
they scan and explain what they are doing. At some point, the trainee will take over the scanning
operations under the close supervision of the trainer. Once the trainer thinks you're ready, you
will act as operator independently, although the trainer will be in the console room to answer questions
or assist in the event that you need help. Note that in the early stages of operator training it is most
efficient if any experiments you run are thoroughly piloted with the scanner, or if someone else (not you
or your operator trainer) takes care running them. This is so that you can focus solely on learning how to
run the scanner and will get the most out of your training.
When the trainer feels that the trainee is ready, the trainer and trainee contact Fred Dick and Mike
Scopa for final training session(s) by one of the BUCNI head trainers, to make sure that all of
the trainee's questions are addressed and that s/he is confident and secure in all aspects of
scanner operation. The final step is an operator 'drivers test'. in which we go through the operator
trainer checklist. Once everyone is comfortable with the level of preparation, the trainee is signed
up on the BUCNI system as an official operator.
When all of the above steps are successfully completed, the trainee must fill out the
Operator Skills Checklist form and get it signed by their
Lead Trainer and by whoever ran their Advanced Operator Class. This can be handed in to Mike and the new operator will receive
a Certificate demonstrating they have successfully completed operator training at BUCNI.
Last updated, 19 Sept 2017