The fMRI machine is managed by the Dartmouth Brain Imaging Center, and is located in the basement of Moore Hall.


Before Scanning

  • Make sure everyone on your team has the appropriate level of scanner training. Contact Terry Sackett, Dartmouth's MRI Research Technologist, to find out available training times. There must always be two trained people in the room to run a scan. Undergraduate RAs often work as "scan buddies" and accompany fully trained (level 3) MR users while scanning
  • Work with Meghan to fill out a DBIC application for permission to create a scanner protocol. Send the completed application to Courtney Rodgers, DBIC's Administrative Assistant. Note: All team members listed on the form must also be listed in your IRB, or Courtney will not approve them
  • After your application is approved, you can create your scanner protocol (settings, scan lengths, etc.) If you need help, Terry is a great resource
  • Once you've completed all the above steps, contact Courtney Rogers to be added to the DBIC Calendar so you can book scan times

Running A Scan

If something goes wrong

  • If a scan reveals an anatomical anomaly in a subject, inform Terry Sackett immediately.
  • If you experiences technical issues with the scanner while Terry is gone, call Terry!
  • If a subject starts to feel anxious, claustrophobic, or otherwise uncomfortable during scanning, offer to stop the experiment immediately and tell them you'll grant them partial payment/T-Point at your discretion, depending on how long they've been there.