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Volunteering as a CBIC Research Subject

Safety Screening Questionnaire approval is required before anyone can be scanned.

How can I volunteer as a research subject with the CBIC?  The CBIC center itself does not recruit volunteers or offer any type of direct access to participation as a paid, or unpaid, volunteer research subject.  Please do not call the CBIC directly for info. re: volunteering.

Several CBIC affiliated research groups do, however, maintain an online pool of (potential) volunteer subjects.  These research groups manage their own volunteers independent of the CBIC; and all volunteer opportunities are by invitation of these groups only.  Additional info., and volunteer registration forms, can be found at [ https://caltech.sona-systems.com ].

Who should volunteer?  All (almost all) MRI/fMRI of research at the CBIC uses only healthy volunteers, with normal anatomy and physiology.  The exact requirements for participation as a volunteer subject in a MRI research protocol will vary.  For instance, many research designs will require only the inclusion of volunteers between 18 and ?? years of age; and/or right handed or left handed only; or perhaps native English speakers only; or perhaps even criteria as specific as “university math majors” only, etc..  The volunteer attributes sought will vary depending on the needs of the individual researcher reviewing your online application each time they begin a new project. 

Who should not volunteer?  The CBIC is an academic research facility (as differentiated from a medical school).  If your interest is in taking part in a medical research project, or if you have an expectation of receiving a clinical diagnosis, or a progress report on a prior medical/ psychological condition as a planned part of your volunteering, the CBIC is not for you.  So called “professional volunteers” are, as a group, not encouraged to volunteer. The number of times that anyone is allowed to volunteer for an MRI, on this campus, is limited.

Who is excluded from volunteering?  [CBIC Safety Questionnaire]  If you have any magnet-non-compatible implanted medical device, or a history of (metallic) injury or shrapnel (especially in/around the head or eyes), or if you have a cardiac pacemaker, or have non-removable metal dental braces/implants, you will likely not be allowed to volunteer as an MRI research subject.  The bore (opening) of the scanner is 60 cm (24 inches) in diameter, and five to six feet in length.  The equipment manufacturer has a 300 lbs. maximum weight limit for anyone being imaged in this model of MRI scanner.  Eyeglasses can not be worn inside of the scanner; in most cases special "magnet compatible" corrective eyeglasses can be provided.  Use of contact lenses is safe, and is the preferred approach.  If you have body piercing/s, you must remove them prior to being scanned.  If not, it will not be possible to scan you.  If you have skin tattoos on/around the head or neck , it will not be possible to scan you safely within our volunteer (non-medically necessitated) environment.