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Radiation use on Animals

 

If you are planning to use radioactive material on animals, you must gain approval from the Radiological Health Department before your IACUC protocol application will be approved. On the IACUC Animal Research Protocol Application, you will find a section asking for "Radiological Health Department" approval and if yes please provide documentation.

To obtain the necessary documentation:

  • You must submit a copy of your protocol to the Radiological Health Department.
  • You should be prepared to answer questions about how much radioactivity you will be using in each animal, where the animals will be housed, how long the animals will survive after the injection or uptake, and what will happen to the bedding material.
  • You must have suitable freezer space to store the carcass after sacrifice until our department can accept the materials as waste. Be cautioned the package should be no more than 10 kg and should only contain animal bedding and/or carcasses. The package should NOT contain scalpels, needles, other surgery implements, plastics etc. If you have items such as these that are contaminated, they must be disposed of separately.
  • After your proposal has been approved, you will receive a letter from our department approving the use of radioactive material in your study. This letter should be attached to your IACUC application and submitted for final approval.

Your Radiation Analyst will be notified of your intended use and assist you in further preparing your laboratory or a newly identified space for your study. If at any point you have questions regarding the safe handling of radioactivity with animals, please do not hesitate to contact our department.