ALBMC Policies


MRI Safety

Used properly, the magnetic resonance imaging equipment contained within the MRI suite is quite safe; however, it poses serious risks to the unwary.  Users of the suite should be completely familiar with the ALBMC safety procedures and with the procedures for protecting others from hazards.  ONLY PERSONNEL WHO HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE FULL ALBMC SAFETY CERTIFICATION PROCESS ARE ALLOWED ACCESS TO THE MR SCAN ROOM, CONTROL ROOM OR EQUIPMENT ROOM.


Research subjects may enter the MRI suite only when accompanied by an authorized ALBMC staff member or an appropriately authorized and safety certified researcher.  Observers who have not been safety trained are NOT PERMITTED to enter the MRI suite without special prior arrangements.


Other Labs Safety

Training specific to the mMR (PET/MR) and Neuromodulation labs is required for access to and use of those facilities.


Door Safety

The building doors should never be propped open and must always remain closed when not in use.  Admit only individuals who are known to you into the building.  If the individual is unknown to you, please have them use the intercom for access or if it is after hours, have them contact one of the ALBMC staff listed in the Emergency Contact List to gain approval for admittance. The doors to the scanner suites should never be left open.  The scanner room should also be kept closed when the rooms are not in use.


Lobby Policy

The lobby is a short-term waiting area for subjects prior to scanning.  It is not to be used as a lounge and there is to be no eating, drinking, sleeping or loud noise.  Any family members of subjects, including children, must wait elsewhere if they are disruptive.  It is your responsibility to inform your subjects of this information and to ensure these directions are followed.


Dress Code

All ALBMC faculty, staff and researchers should adhere to the UCLA dress code policy to maintain a professional appearance while working with human subjects in the Center.  Please review the UCLA guidelines for dress code. In addition, all researchers who are working in biohazard approved areas which include, PET scanner room (115A), Radiochemistry lab (117), Prisma control room (121), and Prisma scanner room (121A) must also comply with proper biohazard attire at all times.  When working in such areas you must wear closed toe shoes and clothing that completely covers your legs.  Lab coats are also highly recommended, but not required at this time.


Access Status

It is the responsibility of all users to inform Ludmila Budilo (lbudilo@mednet.ucla.edu) when a change in the user’s status occurs such as a change in laboratory or PI affiliation.



All publications resulting from work done at the ALBMC must acknowledge those entities that have helped fund the Center.  These can be found at (http://www.bmap.ucla.edu/docs/BMC_Acknowl_w%20ICBM.pdf)