Program Areas

To use radioactive materials or radiation producing machines at the University of Pittsburgh and affiliated UPMC Hospitals (Presbyterian Shadyside, Magee Womens, and Childrens), you must be authorized by the University Radiation Safety Committee/Radiation Safety Office, in accordance with Federal/State regulations and guides for radiation use.

General License Materials

Generally licensed material is radioactive material contained in certain devices distributed by licensed facilities to individuals or institutions which do not have to obtain a license in order to possess the material because the regulations provide for it.

Isotope Research

Radioactive material is commonly used in research. In biomedical research, incorporating radioactive materials into cells and other biological material allows for location and measurement of sites of interest. Sealed nuclear sources are used in analytical equipment such as gas chromatographs and liquid scintillation counters.


The University owns a variety of both nuclear (gamma) and X-Ray irradiators are available for research purposes, as irradiation of cells and animals is a useful tool for biomedical research.


Radiation monitoring devices (radiation dosimeter) are issued to individuals occupationally exposed to certain levels of ionizing radation. 


Specific guidelines have been developed for the proper packaging and labeling of radioactive waste to facilitate safe and efficient processing and disposal.