MRI Safety Training

Training information

Before being permitted to work in the fMRI environment, the DBIC requires research personnel to complete a safety training course conducted by Terry Sackett, as well as complete an online safety training module. The purpose of our safety training protocol is to provide research personnel with rigorous information on how to safely conduct themselves in the scanning environment. At the end of the training session, research personnel will be allowed to be in the control room with a certified scan operator. The DBIC requires that two researchers (at least one certified scan operator and a safety-trained assistant) are in the control room at all times.

Trainees will be expected to know and follow all best practice safety procedures, including: how to thoroughly and properly adminster the pre-scan experimenter checklist and safety screen participants, operate the metal detector, operate the airlock door to the MRI suite, and importantly, be competent in their knowledge of emergency practices and procedures and familiar with DBIC's incident reporting policy. Finally, we will provide users with best practices for cleaning and disinfecting to maintain a healthy shared research environment.

Training materials

To sign up for a safety training class:

  • Research personnel must complete the Dartmouth Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects education requirement. The DBIC requires research personnel to complete the CITI Online Tutorial found here. Please complete the Group 2 Social/Behavioral Basic Course.
  • Once CITI training has been completed, please email your certificate of completion to Courtney Rogers (, and sign up for a safety training course.

Please review the DBIC calendar before requesting to sign up for a safety training course. We have training sessions scheduled approximately twice per month, and may be able to accommodate trainings outside these times on a limited basis.

MRI safety training classes will be limited to 4 participants per class.

For access to the DBIC calendar, please email

Training schedules



Date Time Sign-up deadline Remaining slots
Tuesday, May 7 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 2 4
Thursday, May 23 1:30-3 p.m. Friday,  May 17


Wednesday, June 5 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29



Date Time Sign-up deadline Remaining slots
Tuesday, June 25 2:30 - 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 4
Friday, July 19 9-10:30 a.m. Friday, July 12 4
Wednesday, August 7 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 31 4
Monday, August 26 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Monday, August 19 4
Thursday, September 12 12-1:30 p.m. Thursday, September 5 4


Date Time Sign-up deadline Remaining slots
Wednesday, September 25 1:30-3 p.m. Wednesday, September 18 4
Tuesday, October 8 8:30-10 a.m. Tuesday, October 1 4
Friday, October 25 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, October 18 4
Tuesday, November 5 2:30-4 p.m. Tuesday, October 29 4
Wednesday, November 20 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 13 4
Friday, December 6 9:30-11 a.m. Monday, December 2 4
Monday, December 16 1:30-3 p.m. Monday, December 9 4