Radioactive Material Program (RAM)
What We Do
The Radiation Control Program is the office through which the Division accomplishes the statutory mandate for NRS459. Staff also provides licensing and enforcement programs for approximately 270 facilities that use radioactive materials for domestic purposes.
Medical uses of radiation sources include: radiology and nuclear medicine services to provide diagnostic information about the status of an organ or body part, radiation sources used for cancer therapy by implantation of radiation sources into the body or by external sources shielded in devices designed to control the high levels of radiation necessary to kill cancer with minimal impact otherwise to the patient.The medical radioactive materials are usually mixed and distributed through a radiopharmacy.
Non-medical industrial uses of radiation sources include fluid/level indicators installed in factories and other industrial environments, engineering tools for road construction, industrial radiography for welding quality, irradiators for sterilization, etc.