All policies of the Staglin IMHRO CCN aim to ensure participant and experimenter safety and to foster a community of respect, consideration and co-operation. If not followed, the Staglin IMHRO CCN reserves the right to review and possibly revoke scanning privileges.
- Safety: For the safety of both the participants and the investigators, all scans must have two MR-safety certified investigatorsin the facility for the entire duration of the scan. In case this cannot be assured, please make arrangements with one of our MR Technicians to provide support. MR Technicians are not required to be on premises during all scans, and cannot be assumed to provide back up support without prior notice.
- Scanning Protocol: In addition to safety training, investigators must become familiar with the Center’s computing, peripherals and general operations protocols. The MR Technicians offer a monthly review session to familiarize individuals with operations in the MR suite. Additional training opportunities with more experienced users will be arranged as appropriate.
- Reporting: Investigators are responsible for reporting any anomalies during scanning to the MR Technicianimmediatelyfollowing their scan. Anomalies are any occurrence deviating from standard operations and include malfunction or breakage of equipment or software, accidents, inappropriate behavior etc.
- Time: All scans are expected to start and end promptly at the scheduled time. It is the investigators’ responsibility to communicate with the CCN staff and/or other investigators if these times can’t be met. Please note that CCN and/or other investigators may not be able to accommodate requests for change of scheduled time when these are communicated less than 24 hrs prior to the appointment.
- Cancellations: Scans must be cancelled >24hrs prior to avoid scan charge. Scans cancelled within <24hrs of the scheduled appointment will be charged the full scan fee. Each funded project has 2 free cancellations assigned at its start and accrues another free cancellation after every completed 10 scans.
- Scheduling: The center does not mandate a strict limit on when scans can be booked relative to the scanning date. However, to foster co-operation and consideration within the community, booked scans times are assumed to be filled (assigned a participant) promptly and booked on a need basis. Scans that are booked in advanced, above and beyond the current scheduling norms, will be reviewed by the CCN staff and potentially canceled. Investigators whose experimental needs do not fit these guidelines are encouraged to contact our MR Technician to make other arrangements.
- Data Transfer: All f/MRI data are transferred automatically to a dedicated server. In cases where data must be transferred manually from any of the computers in the MR suite, please notify the MR Technician to make arrangements. No external storage devices (flash drives, hard disks, etc.) are to be connected to the scanner without prior approval.
- MR Suite: It is the responsibility of all experimenters to maintain the facility in a clean and orderly state. This includes all surfaces, linens, cabling, computing and other equipment in both the MR room and the scanner operator room of the MR suite. Food and beverages are not allowed in the MR suite and all personal belongings must be stored safely for the duration of the scan.
- Protocol Testing: Each new protocol will be granted off-hours time to test and refine the scanning protocol, at no charge. All such scans must be booked directly through the MR Technician.
- Pilot Program: The Center will consider proposals by members of the UCLA community to access both the scanning and analysis core services for pilot studies without charge to the investigator. Priority will be given to junior investigators and to proposals for novel cognitive neuroscience projects that have a high likelihood of achieving extramural funding. To submit such a request, submit the completed application to the CCN Managing Director. Pilot Program
- Visitors: As per Staglin IMHRO CCN safety protocol, visitors are not allowed in the MR suite without prior approval, only MR-safety certified individuals are allowed in the suite. Please contact our MR Technicians to arrange a visit for a group or individual.
- MR Technician Services: The Staglin IMHRO MR technicians maintain the MR facility and are available to support experimenters in all aspects of MR imaging, including assisting during scanning. If in need of support during scanning, experimenters must contact the technicians well in advance of the scheduled scan.