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Scanner training (Neuro only)

    

Due to the number of investigators and limited staff, neuro CTI offers the option of addition scanner training, which allows the trainee to operate the scanner without technician assistance. Please keep in mind that this option is only offered to Northwestern users. Scanner training is offered exclusively through the neuro CTI technician Azmi Banibaker. Any unofficial training through non-CTI staff is strictly forbidden and will result in revocation of scan privileges for the ENTIRE GROUP.

To request additional scanner training:

1.Discuss with Azmi first about your need for tech training. Since it’s a significant time burden, we’d like to limit this to people who really need it and have no alternative means for scan coverage.

2. Principle investigator must send an email to neuroimaging@northwestern.edu, specifying the name of the trainee and the study. Training charge is 2 hours of scan time per trainee.

3. Once approved, trainee may book the first 2 hour session on the neuro calendar under the appropriate study. Please limit the session to 8am-9am everyday to maintain availability of scanners for actual scans. The 2 hour session is intended to be one-on-one.

4. After the two hour session is completed,  trainee needs to document at least 20 hours of supervised scanning. Supervision can be done by Azmi or another certified operator. Supervisor needs to sign off on the scan log and is responsible for the trainee’s final performance on the qualifier test. Please confirm with Azmi that the supervisor is certified before proceeding with supervision. If the supervisor is not a certified operator, logged hours will not be accepted.

5. Trainee must pass a qualifier test where Azmi will observe them scan a real subject for their study. Once passed, trainee will receive a colored badge, which must be worn at all times at the CTI. If trainee fails the qualifier, he/she must continue to accrue supervised scan hours and retake the qualifier until they pass.

5. Annual supervised renewal needs to be scheduled with Azmi.

6. Trainees who have not operated the scanner for more than a month should schedule a refresher session with Azmi before scanning again.