Instructions & Forms

Onboarding

New staff and students in CAIR should start with the checklist and introductory material in the CAIR Onboarding guide. This guide introduces policies specific to CAIR equipment and utilizing research designated spaces in the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

Handbook

The CAIR program created a handbook to provide all necessary information regarding starting and running a study at the Alberta Children's Hospital. For additional information, please contact the CAIR Research Associate. The handbook is updated periodically with policy updates.

IT

Information about how to solve computer software and hardware problems can be found in the CAIR IT Handbook. All new staff and students should familiarize themselves with the CAIR IT guidelines.

Accessing the Pediatric 3T Scanner for a New Study

All requests for access to the Pediatric 3T Scanner must be first be examined by our 3T Operations committee. The Committee meets the first Tuesday of each month. Applications must be submitted at least 5 working days prior to be reviewed at the next meeting.

Complete our online application for 3T research time form.

Please refer to the  CAIR Handbook for guidance on study planning, e.g. scan session duration and consent form language.

Note: the form is only available from AHS and University of Calgary networks.

The scan time application can be made in parallel with the ethics application. After scan time and ethics approval, a copy of the ethics approval letter should be sent to David Schmidt.

Pilot time 

A very limited amount of funding is available to conduct pilot scans for grant submission; please indicate if you wish to apply for this on the Application for 3T Research Time.

This time is used for the purposes of establishing new studies when a PI does not have access to other sources of funding.

Pilot time, if/when approved, should be booked through the online booking calendar, Calpendo. In the case of human volunteers, proper ethics approval must be in place prior to scanning.

 

High Field Development Program Consent Forms

Testing a new MRI protocol (e.g. revising sequences) by scanning a volunteer subject that is not part of a study is permitted as part of the High Field Development program. Consent forms are mandatory even when the volunteer is familiar with the 3T (ex: a level 1 trained lab trainee).

The consent forms for the subjects are available by clicking the appropriate link below: 

Adult Consent Form | Child Assent Form | Parent Consent Form

The Research Associate is available for assisting with MRI protocol development. Please contact Dr. Perry Radau (perry.radau@ucalgary.ca) for assistance.

Additional resources

The CAIR program is pleased to present a family-oriented website mri4kids explaining what to expect from a research MRI scan at the ACH. 

Incidental findings

Download the Incidental finding form and refer to the CAIR handbook to complete it, and then send to the CAIR Research Medical Director Dr. Xing-Chang Wei.

Audio system

Download the Avotec audio instruction guide for use at the MR console for communication with the subject or providing sound from the stimulus computer.

Booking the Paediatric 3T

 

See MRI Scheduler page.