Training

Radiation safety training is required for all personnel using radioactive materials or radiation producing equipment at the University of Pittsburgh and affiliated institutions. Training for radiation workers includes instruction in the basic principles of radiation protection and the applicable policies, procedures, and regulatory requirements.

Initial and annual refresher training is provided to those individuals involved in the medical uses of radioactive material. Radiation safety in-services are provided to various University and hospital departments upon request. Contact the Radiation Safety Office to schedule a training session.

Research Using Radionuclides

Any individual who uses radionuclides in research must take the CITI Radiation Safety training program.

Analytical X-Ray

Any individual using an analytical X-Ray machine must be trained in basic radiation safety principles and the actual operation of the machine. 

Diagnostic X-ray

Radiation safety in-services are provided on an as-needed basis; please contact the Radiation Safety Office to schedule.

Animal or Non-human Research Using X-Ray

Any individual using an X-Ray machine in research must be trained in basic radiation safety principles and the actual operation of the machine. 

Gamma or X-Ray Irradiator Use

Any individual using a gamma or X-Ray irradiator must attend a training lecture offered by the Radiation Safety Office. 

Nursing Personnel Caring for Iodine-131 or Brachytherapy

Initial training will be conducted with all new personnel upon employment who will provide nursing care to patients receiving radiopharmaceutical therapy or brachytherapy. 

Certification of Physicians for Fluoroscopy

Physicians who operate fluoroscopy equipment must be certified in the safe operating procedures and be competent in the safe use of the equipment.