6.0 Authorization to Use Radiation

Medical use of radiation is defined as the intentional internal or external administration of ionizing radiation, and/or radioactive material to human beings for diagnostic, therapeutic, and/or medical research purposes.  All medical use of ionizing radiation at The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics (UIHC) must conform to current regulations, license conditions, and radiation protection policies.

Clinical staff requesting to practice nuclear medicine, radiation therapy or otherwise obtain authorization to use radioactive material for diagnosis and/or therapy for patient care or medical research must obtain approval as an authorized user from the Hospital Radiation Safety Review Group (HRSRG) of the University’s Radiation Safety Committee prior to assuming clinical responsibility. 

Permission to use radioactive materials or radiation producing machines at The University of Iowa does not constitute permission to use the same materials or machines at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center (VAMC).  The VAMC is a federal agency regulated by the NRC.  The VAMC has a separate radioactive materials license and radiation safety policies.  For information on obtaining use authorization at the VAMC, contact the VAMC radiation safety office at 338-0581 extension 5753.