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Running MEG studies
All MEG studies require the presence of a qualified "MEG Operator", as defined in the [attachment:CBU_MEG_SOP_11_020507.pdf the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPS)] which you need to read before running any studies in the MEG lab. The Operator will actually run the MEG machine.
Please, note, that to run your study with an operator, you will have to become authorised as an MEG researcher. The authorisation procedure is described in the SOPs; briefly, it includes a general introduction to the lab by a qualified operator, reading the SOPs, an assessment of your knowledge of the procedures (particular attention is paid to volunteer and equipment safety aspects) and attending an ongoing MEG study.
Even though it is the Operator who will run the data acquisition machine, proper project settings for data acqusition are a responsibility of a particular MEG researcher. Please, once you are ready to run your study, contact the operators well in advance to discuss the settings and stimulation requirements.
Running the stimulation computers and making sure your paradigm is compatible with the MEG machine is the researcher's responsibility. The operators will not run your stimulus delivery programs for you.
If you are using any non-standard equipment or make any changes in the settings (be they hardware or software), make sure to undo your changes in the end of your recording slot and leave the lab in the same state you found it before the recording.
For your general information, manuals for the data acquisition software are available to people with Cambridge approved logins at ElektaSoftwareManuals.
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