The Duke Radiation Dosimetry Laboratory - DRDL (Yoshizumi Laboratory)
The Yoshizumi Laboratory is operated jointly by the Department of Radiology and the Duke Radiation Safety Division. This laboratory has been a Core Radiation Laboratory for the last 15 years; the laboratory was established in the spring of 2000. The group currently consists of 19 faculty, staff, and graduate students affiliated with Radiology, Radiation Oncology, Cardiology, Urology, Orthopedic, Bone Marrow Transplant, Cell Biology and Medical Physics.
The research initiatives of DRDL are supported by federal agencies such as NIH, NRC, DOE, and NASA, and various industry grants. DRDL serves as the Core Dosimetry Laboratory for various research laboratories within Duke University.
The primary goals of the laboratory are: (a) to provide technical support in patient dosimetry at Duke University Medical Center; (b) to serve as core dosimetry laboratory to various radiation biology research groups on campus; (c) to provide research training in radiation dosimetry for residents, postdoctoral fellows, undergraduate/graduate students and visiting researchers; (d) to perform research and development in new detector technologies; (e) to provide professional training to practicing health physicists and technicians, and (f) to serve as regional, national and international radiation protection technical referral center.
The laboratory is equipped with the state-of- the-art radiation detection dosimeters and equipment, gamma and neutron calibration sources, and various anthropomorphic phantoms.
Monte Carlo Computational Dosimetry Laboratory (Gunasingha Laboratory)
The Gunasingha Laboratory serves both research and educational purposes in Monte Carlo computational dosimetry research.. The laboratory was developed by the NRC Nuclear Education Grant for the last ten years and is equipped with the state-of-the-art high speed computers.
Other Facilities on Duke University Medical and Academic Campuses
DRDL takes full advantage of radiation facilities on campus, including the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL), the Duke Free Electron Laser Laboratory (DFELL), Duke University Medical Center, Small Animal Irradiator Facilities, Duke PET Cyclotron Facility, and Duke Cancer Center.