Divisions : Radiation Control

Radiation Control

The Division of Radiation Control ensures that the University of Miami and the Public Health Trust are in compliance with all regulations regarding the use of radioactive materials and radiation producing devices. Additionally, the division assures that these materials and devices are used in a manner that minimizes the radiation dose to employees, patients, and members of the general public.

The Radiation Control Division of the University of Miami School of Medicine consists of two components: the Clinical Group and the Research Group. The Clinical Group provides medical physics services in all Public Health Trust medical facilities and all University medical facilities, with only health physics services being provided to the Division of Radiation Oncology. The Radiation Control Division also oversees the licensing under which all University of Miami facilities operate, under the direction of the Human Use Radiation Safety Committee, a joint committee of the University of Miami and the Public Health Trust.

Clinical Group services that are provided include:

  • X-ray quality control and quality assurance, which includes government-mandated mammography physics, to ensure equipment is functioning correctly while providing the best image using the lowest dose of radiation
  • Providing services to the departments of Radiation Oncology and Nuclear Medicine in support of in-patient radiation therapy
  • Monitoring radiation exposure to employees, and the general public, as a result of the division’s licensed operations

• Review of all Human Use research protocols involving the use of radioactive materials or ionizing radiation producing devices with regards to patient dose minimization and appropriate consent language.
• Coordinating with state regulatory authorities in all areas of radiation safety
• Providing 24-hour on-call personnel to respond in case of emergency
• Providing training and in-service classes for employees and participation in technology training programs in x-ray, nuclear medicine, and radiation oncology
• Participating in medical resident training programs
Research services include:
• Managing academic licenses for University of Miami and Public Health Trust facilities under the direction of the Non-Human Use Radiation Safety Committee
• Reviewing and approving all proposed non-human uses of radioactive materials as well as all individuals who use the materials
• Approving all orders for radioactive materials to be used under the license and receipt of all such materials
• Providing training at all levels
• Managing the license for all University and Public Health Trust irradiators
• Monitoring the radiation dose to employees and general public
• Providing consulting services to the faculty in experimental design
• Assisting in dosimetry calculations in regard to the irradiators
• Managing all radioactive waste generated in all university and Public Health Trust facilities
• Providing liaison with appropriate regulatory authority with regards to current and proposed regulations and their impact on the university’s research
• Performing periodic contamination surveys in areas of isotopic use and providing periodic leak testing of sealed radioactive sources
• Calibrating portable radiation detection devices as required by state regulatory agencies
• Providing radon testing as needed in all facilities
• Managing the registration of all radiation producing research equipment and performing periodic testing of such equipment.

Location

1600 NW 10th Avenue, Suite 1081 RMSB
Miami, Florida 33136

Staff

Ed Pombier
Director of Radiation Control
305 243-6369
Email: epombier@med.miami.edu