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Operation of the Siemens MRI scanner requires approval by the MR medical director in all circumstances. The following training policy has been established to provide a safe environment for non-MRI personnel to become trained to safely operate the MRI scanner (primary user), or to be proficient in MRI safety rules and able to assist a primary user (secondary user).
To start the MRI experiments in UBSN, the users at least obtain a secondary user credential. The training can be arranged upon approval of the project. Please contact Dr. Celia Dong ( to complete the following training procedures.
Please note any research student, faculty, or staff member can become a primary and secondary user. Undergraduate students cannot become primary and secondary users.


Secondary Users:

He/she is responsible for assisting the primary user/radiographer/radiologist in subject screening, scan preparation, and operating the MRI system. The specific task should be based on his/her experience and be assigned by the primary user/radiographer/radiologist.

Primary Users:

He/she is qualified to operate the MRI system with the minimum supervision from UBSN. When performing an MRI examination, he/she is responsible for the safety of the subject and MRI system.

Secondary User Training

To become a secondary user, you must contact UBSN staff to complete the following:

Step 1: Watch an MRI safety video.

Step 2: Attend classroom MRI safety and system operation training provided by the UBSN.

Step 3: Tour the MRI lab.

Step 4: Demonstrate familiarity with emergency procedures at the MRI lab.

Step 5: Complete an assessment of practical MRI safety knowledge provided by a radiographer, and fill in the MRI safety screening form.

Step 6: Complete an online MRI safety quiz with more than 80% accuracy (the quiz can be started at any time after step 1).

Step 7: Be approved as secondary user by the MR medical director.

Primary User Training

To become a primary user, you must hold a valid CPR+AED certificate and complete the following:

Step 1: Become a secondary user.

Step 2: Attend on-site training for MRI system operation.

Step 3: Assist a radiographer for at least 20 hours in subject screening, scan preparation, and operating the MRI system.

Step 4: Set up and perform at least three scan sessions with human subjects supervised by a radiographer.

Step 5: Complete a practical evaluation test administered by a radiographer. This practical evaluation test consists of completing a scanning session autonomously, without any help from the radiographer who is present as an observer.

Step 6: Be approved as a primary user by the MR medical director.

* The official training record is required for both secondary user training and primary user training. Please fill in and keep the record until the credential is obtained (Download: Training Record for Secondary Users and Primary Users). 


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