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PRIME Centre

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

The Skidmore Goodman PRIME (Perinatal Research IMaging and Evaluation) Centre is a new ultrasound research facility at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre.  The PRIME Centre is a hub for researchers to collaborate and to advance health care through the use of cutting edge technology.

For more information about the space and use of equipment, check out our website:


In 2015, Dr. Denise Pugash was received a grant from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation to initiate the creation of the first dedicated ultrasound imaging research facility in British Columbia. With the generous support of the Skidmore family, BC Women's Heath Foundation, the Women's Health Research Institute, and BC Women's Hospital, PRIME officially opened its new doors to researchers in 2020.

PRIME offers researchers the opportunity to use specialized equipment and dedicated space in order to promote new discoveries to benefit the health of women and families.

To contact any member of the PRIME team, please email

Principle Investigator, PRIME

Denise Pugash, MDCM, FRPC

Sonographer Consultant, PRIME

Amanda Easton, BSc, RDMS

Research Manager, WHRI

Carola Munoz

Research Manager, UBC OBGYN

Ariadna Fernandez

Research Coordinator, WHRI

Frannie MacKenzie

Facility + Equipment

‎Ultrasound Imaging Systems

PRIME is equipped with seven state of the art ultrasound imaging systems, including:

  • Two GE Voluson E10 BT 21 systems
  • Two Philips Epiq Elite systems
  • Two Philips Lumify Remote Scanning Systems
  • An Ultrasonix Sonixtouch Q+ with GPS & SonixDAQ
Other Equipment

In addition to the Ultrasound Imaging Systems, PRIME is equipped with the following other equipment:

  • NIRS ISS OxiplexTS
  • NIRS INVOS 5100C System & NIRSensors
  • Gazepoint HD Remote 150Hz Eye Tracker System
For more information about all our equipment, check out our website: 

‎The PRIME centre is equipped with the following ultrasound simulators that can be used for training, skill development, and research:

  • CAE Vimedix Ultrasound Simulator
  • Intelligent Ultrasound ScanTrainer 

The PRIME facility was newly-built in 2019, and includes four newly renovated imaging suites, a venipuncture room, a consent room, a collaboration room, a dry lab, and a soiled utility room.

PRIME is also equipped with secure DICOM image storage on the BCCHR research PACS and the BCWH clinical ultrasound Siemens Syngo PACS.‎

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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