MRI Safety Training

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 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. Finally, we will provide users with best practices for cleaning and disinfecting to maintain a healthy shared research environment.

Training materials:

To schedule 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. Researchers will need to 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

Fall 2022 safety training schedule

  • Thursday, December 1: 11:00am-12:30pm
  • Friday, December 16: 9:00-10:30am

Winter 2023 safety training schedule

  • Friday, January 6: 2:30-4:00pm
  • Tuesday, January 17: 9:00-10:30am
  • Wednesday, February 1: 1:00-2:30pm
  • Monday, February 20: 10:30am-12:00pm
  • Thursday, March 9: 11:00am-12:30pm

Spring 2023 safety training schedule

  • Monday, March 23: 2:30-4:00pm
  • Tuesday, April 11: 10:00-11:30am
  • Wednesday, April 26: 1:30-3:00pm
  • Thursday, May 11: 8:00-9:30am
  • Friday, June 2: 12:00-1:30pm