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Perinatal Research IMaging Evaluation (PRIME) Centre

Welcome to the PRIME Centre, located at BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre.

PRIME is an imaging research facility dedicated to developing new technology and applications to benefit the health of mothers and babies. Pregnant women and newborns are two of the most vulnerable populations, and improving their health and saving their lives is a priority in Canada and world-wide. Ultrasound scans  among other imaging modalities are an important, non-invasive tool used to find possible health problems before and after birth.

Get Started

‎All investigators requesting to conduct research in the PRIME Centre are required to submit a Protocol Proposal Form to obtain Centre approval.
The form requires a description of the project, detailed protocol, project funding information and ethics approval status. The Protocol Review Committee meets regularly to review submitted Protocol Proposal Forms. 

Approved proposals will receive a Certificate of Approval from the PRIME Centre Protocol Review Committee.

Please submit your submissions or general inquiries to


Required Courses

The following courses are required for all Researchers and Research Staff Using PRIME:

PRIME Centre Orientation

Once you have been issued an Approval Certificate from the PRIME Centre, all Research Staff Members listed on your Protocol Proposal Form will be required to attend an Orientation Session.  

PRIME Equipment Training

Researchers and Research Staff who request equipment use must be able to demonstrate appropriate training.  For those who cannot demonstrate training, specialized equipment training will be required.

Incidental Findings

‎It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator to have a plan on how to address incidental findings that may arise during the course of their research. 

If incidental findings are a possible outcome of your research, please refer to the resources below for the Management of Incidental Findings. 

UBC Faculty of Medicine Neuroethics:

UBC Research Ethics Board Interim Guidance:

Facility + Equipment

The equipment listed below are only available within the PRIME Centre.

The equipment listed below are available on temporary loans.


  • Ultrasonix  Ultrasound  (Sonixtouch Q+ with GPS)
  • Dual channel Oxiplex TS, s/n 2063
  • INVOS 2 Channel Monitoring System
  • Neonatal INVOS sensors

PRIME is equipped with its own Picture Archiving + Communication System (PACS).  The PRIME PACS allows Researchers using the GE Voluson E10 Ultrasound to transfer and store de-identified/anonymized DICOM format images. Researchers can access their individual PRIME PACS using any device connected to the internet.


Equipment Booking

  For all booking requests please email


Starting May 1, 2018, PRIME will implement an official fee structure for the use of equipment and space. Please submit questions to:


Please be conscious of other people's time and let us know if you will not be able to keep your booking. 

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