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Perinatal Research IMaging Evaluation (PRIME) Centre

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

The PRIME Centre is a new ultrasound research facility at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre. The PRIME Centre is a hub for researchers to create substantial advances in health care through the use of cutting edge technology.  Training in basic and advanced ultrasound techniques is provided by state-of-the-art ultrasound simulators. PRIME enables opportunities for researchers, educators and clinicians to improve the health of mothers and babies.

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 is available for use within the PRIME centre:

  • GE Ultrasound Imaging System - Voluson E10 BT 18 CA
  • Ultrasonix Ultrasound (Sonixtouch Q+ with GPS)
  • Ultrasonix DAQ (digital-analogue converter)
  • Gazepoint remote 150Hz Eye Tracker and Software
  • Dual channel Oxiplex TS
  • INVOS 2 Monitoring System and Neonatal INVOS sensors
‎The PRIME centre is equipped with the following ultrasound simulators:

  • CAE Vimedix OB/GYN Ultrasound Simulator
  • Intelligent Ultrasound ScanTrainer Ultrasound Simulator

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.

In addition to four scanning rooms, the facility also contains a private waiting room, venipuncture room, dry lab, conference room and consultation room.


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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