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. If you need help, Terry is a great resource
  • Once you've completed all the above steps, and decided on your scan dates, contact Courtney Rogers to be added to the DBIC Calendar

Running Scan Sessions

  • Make sure everything is set up and ready to go when the participant arrives.
  • All participants must complete the safety screening prior to entering the scanner
  • All participants must sign the fMRI consent form
  • When running participants in the scanner, be very clear and communicative.  We want participants to be as comfortable as possible for their sakes, as well as the sake of the data (comfortable participants move less!)

If something goes wrong

  • If a scan reveals an anatomical anomaly in a subject, inform Terry Sackett immediately. Always put a cushion behind the subject's head and offer a blanket before beginning the scan.
  • 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.