Training Opportunities

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One of Dartmouth's most unique academic features is the availability of the scanner for academic use. While many schools have scanners, few have the availability to graduate and undergraduates alike that DBIC has. Several professors, including Professors Kelley, Tse, and Whalen, perform research using through DBIC. As an undergraduate, getting involved in research with a professor is often as easy as contacting them. From there you are free to take it where ever you like, including being trained on scanning subjects in our scanner.


As a trained DBIC scanner, you will be able to:

  • Load subjects into the scanner
  • Assist graduate and undergraduate researchers carry out their research in the scanner
  • Develop and, with a professor's assistance, carry out your own research.

This easy access to training is a unique and wonderful opportunity, and a highlight of DBIC.


Please see the Training and Certification page for complete details on the training process. For information on upcoming safety classes, please contact Terry Sackett. If you are already safety trained and are ready to be a scan buddy, please see the Scheduling Magnet Time page for information on how to access the DBIC schedule.


Should you decide to take advantage of the opportunity to be trained, here are some pointers as you go along:

  • Pay attention during the safety session. As a scanner or scan buddy, you are responsible for any emergency procedures on the off chance that something goes wrong.
  • When looking for time to be scanned, either contact Terry or look on the Schedule to contact the researcher who you want to observe. Chances are it will be fairly easy to find time to observe as scanning often happens all week and on weekends.
  • Don't be afraid to push buttons. As always, doing is the best way to learn. The Phillips system is amazingly intuitive.
  • Ask Terry for little tricks, such as how to see the slices in real time during the scan. He is a wealth of knowledge and happy to share.