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Human Research Radiation Safety

Any research study involving human subjects that will use ionizing radiation must be approved by the Joint Radiation Safety Committee (JRSC) prior to enrolling subjects if the use of radiation goes beyond that established for the applicable standard of care. Studies using radiation can fall into three general categories:

  • Studies using radionuclides
  • Studies using radiographic or therapeutic radiation such as x-rays (including mammograms, DEXA scans and dental scans), CT scans, radiotherapy (including brachytherapy) and fluoroscopy (including cardiac catheterization) 
  • Studies using radiopharmaceuticals

A study may use more than one form of radiation in different procedures under that study.

There are a limited number of basic research studies using radiopharmaceuticals that may be conducted under the auspices of the Columbia University Radioactive Drug Research Committee (RDRC).

Featured Information

Radiation Control Document, available for reference in the Radiation Safety Office. Copies can be purchased from the publisher, New York Legal Publishing Corporation, for a reasonable fee.