SAI Training

The BRIC SAI offers several orientations, trainings, and standard operating procedures that are needed to use our imaging equipment or to initiate a study with us. Please click on the links below to find more details.

iLab Training Requests

All training, access, and service requests are now being made through iLab.  You must first register with iLab and create an account before you can request a training session.  Please follow this link for further instructions.  If you have any questions about iLab or the training process please e-mail: 

See see below for training and orientation details and instructions.

Optical Imaging Training

Ultrasound Imaging Training

Marsico Hall Access and Orientation

Genetic Medicine Building Access and Orientation

MRI Safety and Training

Radiation Safety

SAIF Standard Operating Procedure Documents

IVIS Optical Imaging System Training

Current training dates are:

    • 09/11/2017, 2:00-3:30PM, Room SB223 Marsico Hall
    • 10/02/2017, 2:00-3:30PM, Room SB223 Marsico Hall
    • 11/06/2017 (Tuesday), 2:00-3:30PM, Room SB223 Marsico Hall

On training day, please come to the BRIC patient waiting area on the first floor of Marsico Hall. We will meet you there and take you to the facility in the building's sub-basement.

Follow these instructions to register for optical imaging training.

  1. Log into iLab at the following link:  https://my.ilabsolutions.com
  2. Click on “Biomedical Research Imaging Center (BRIC)” on the left hand side under “Core Facilities”. 
  3. Click on “Request Services” along the top and then select “Small Animal Imaging”
  4. Finally select “Small Animal Imaging Training Request” and fill out the information and submit. 
  5. We will contact you to schedule your training.

Ultrasound Imaging Training

As with ultrasound imaging, training is required prior to initiating user operated ultrasound imaging.  We have a Vevo2100 system in the upper basement of the Genetic Medicine Building and in the sub basement of Marsico Hall.  Follow the instructions above for iLab account registration and then request ultrasound training via iLab:

  1. Log into iLab at the following link:  https://my.ilabsolutions.com
  2. Click on “Biomedical Research Imaging Center (BRIC)” on the left hand side under “Core Facilities”. 
  3. Click on “Request Services” along the top and then select “Small Animal Imaging”
  4. Finally select “Small Animal Imaging Training Request” and fill out the information and submit. 
  5. We will contact you to schedule your training.

Marsico Hall SAI Facility Access and Orientation

All users who require access to our Small Animal Imaging facility MUST take the facility orientation.  The orientation material can be downloaded from the link below. The access form needs to be filled out after the orientation and submitted to SAI facility staff and approved by the SAI facility before submitting to the ID card office for your card access.  To request access and to schedule an orientation follow instructions below.

  1. Log into iLab at the following link:  https://my.ilabsolutions.com
  2. Click on “Biomedical Research Imaging Center (BRIC)” on the left hand side under “Core Facilities”. 
  3. Click on “Request Services” along the top and then select “Small Animal Imaging”
  4. Finally select “Facility Access Request (Small Animal Imaging)” and fill out the information and submit.
  5. We will contact you to schedule your orientation.

Marsico Hall Facility Orientation  

Access Form

Genetic Medicine Imaging Lab Orientation

For users that need to use the GM imaging lab, please fill out the User Registration Form, and send to the . Your lab orientation will be arranged once we receive your form.

Two systems are placed in the GMB Imaging Lab--IVIS Lumina and the VEVO-2100 Ultrasound. The orientation will be mainly focused on logistics, rules, card access, and dealing with an emergency. Operation of the imaging systems will be only briefly mentioned in the orientation. Users should attend training for either the IVIS system or the ultrasound separately before using the imaging system.

  1. Log into iLab at the following link:  https://my.ilabsolutions.com
  2. Click on “Biomedical Research Imaging Center (BRIC)” on the left hand side under “Core Facilities”. 
  3. Click on “Request Services” along the top and then select “Small Animal Imaging”
  4. Finally select “Facility Access Request (Small Animal Imaging)” and fill out the information and submit.
  5. We will contact you to schedule your orientation.

Safety training

MRI Safety and Training

Anyone wishing to work with the 9.4T MRI and needs access to the magnet room (SB221 and SB221A) must complete the following training and screening form.  Please forward the form and training comletion e-mail to .  

EHS MRI Safety Training

Adult MRI Screening Form

• Anyone wishing to perform self-operated studies with the 9.4T system must complete additional orientation and training and permission is contingent upon final approval by  and .  Please contact them for further details. 

Radiation Safety

• Anyone that has not approved for working with radioactivity materials should not enter the PET/CT or SPECT/CT lab for any experiments. 

• To become an authorized user of radioactive material, you must register with the UNC Environment, Health and Safety Department ( http://www.ehs.unc.edu/radiation/), and attend the mandatory radiation safety train course (http://www.ehs.unc.edu/training/schedule.shtml#rad).

• Anyone working with the radioactive materials should follow the guidelines for radiation safety, such as wearing radiation badge, wearing gloves to handle RAMs. The radiation safety manual can be found here: Radiation Safety Manual.

• To obtain a radiation dose monitor badge, please contact Dr. Hong Yuan.

Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs)

1.  SOP/Guidelines for Animal MR Imaging Studies

2.  SOP/Guidelines for Animal PET/CT Imaging Studies

3.  SOP/Guidelines for Animal Ultrasound Imaging Studies

4.  SOP/Guidelines for Optical Imaging System

5.  SOP/Guidelines for Optical Imaging Radioactive Animals