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 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 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. 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

Training schedules

Spring 2023

Date Time Sign-up deadline
Monday, March 27 2:30-4 p.m. Monday, March 20
Tuesday, April 11 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 4
Thursday, May 11 8-9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 4
Friday, June 2 12-1:30 p.m. Friday, May 26

Summer 2023

Date Time Sign-up deadline
Tuesday, June 27 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, June 23
Monday, July 10 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday, July 3
Thursday, July 27 2:30-4 p.m. Thursday, July 20
Friday, August 11 8:30-10 a.m. Friday, August 4
Wednesday, August 23 12-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 16

Fall/Winterim 2023

Date Time Sign-up deadline
Wednesday, September 6 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 30
Thursday, September 14 2:30-4 p.m. Thursday, September 7
Tuesday, September 26 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 19
Friday, October 13 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, October 6
Tuesday, October 24 9-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 17
Wednesday, October 28 2:30-4 p.m. Wednesday, October 21
Wednesday, November 8 2:30-4 p.m. Wednesday, November 1
Thursday, November 30 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday, November 27
Monday, December 11 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Monday, December 4