UAMS, Experimental Radiation Core

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Facility Contact Form orDr. Nukhet Aykin-Burns (email)

The Experimental Radiation Core maintains and operates equipment and facilities to deliver ionizing radiation for research use. The core can deliver X- and γ-rays at a broad range of dose rates and radiation field sizes for a variety of purposes, such as irradiation of cell cultures, animal whole body irradiation, irradiation of animal tumor models or other (image guided) partial-body irradiation. In addition, the core has two strontium-90 sources for small-field superficial exposures with β-radiation.

Core Services

  • Maintenance of radiation equipment and radiation dosimetry
  • Assistance in design and development of new animal and cell culture radiation models
  • Assistance and training in whole body or localized irradiation of animal models
  • Assistance and training in radiation exposure of cell cultures

Equipment and Facilities

  • Cesium source irradiator (J.L. Shepherd) used for animal whole body/partial body and cell culture exposures to γ-rays.
  • Cesium source irradiator (J.L. Shepherd) used for chronic exposure of animals to low-dose rate γ-rays.
  • Small Animal Radiation Research Platform (SARRP, Xstrahl). This system incorporates cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) imaging and radiation planning software to deliver precise X-ray beams to anatomical targets, similar to clinical radiation therapy.
  • X-Rad 320 (Precision X-Ray). This is an x-ray cabinet for the irradiation of cell cultures and small animals.

If you would like to contact this core facility, please fill out the "Facility Contact Form" on the right of this page. This contact method helps ARA measure the success of the CFE in connecting potential collaborators and will flow directly to the core director’s email inbox.