X-RAD 320 Biological Irradiator

Researcher using x-rad 320 biological irradiator

The X-RAD 320 is a self-contained X-ray system for delivering a precise radiation dosage to specimens in a biological or small animal research laboratory.

The shielded cabinet includes an Adjustable Specimen Shelf, Sample Viewing Window and Beam Hardening Filter Holder.

The X-RAD Control Panel is a multilanguage selectable graphical interface with all x-ray parameters and system status clearly displayed.

Programmable exposure settings allow for fast and repeatable exposure setup.

The X-ray tube is used specifically for radiation therapy having a highly homogenous beam.

Equipment features

Equipment features

X-Rad 320High voltage generator

  • Maximum Output Voltage: 320 KV
  • Maximum mA: 45

X-ray tube

  • Maximum Potential: 320 KV
  • Maximum Power: 4000 W
  • Type: metal ceramic, fixed anode, air cooled
  • Focal Spot: 8 mm2 (per EN12543)

Dose output

3 Gy/min at 320KV, 12.5mA, 50cm SSD, (beam hardening filter =2mm Al(>15 Gy/min at 320KV, 12.5mA, 50cm SSD, [no beam hardening])

Operators control

  • KV Setting & Display Accuracy: 5KV-320 KV in 0.1 KV increments
  • mA Setting & Display Accuracy: 0.1mA to 45 mA in 0.01 mA increments
  • Settings Accuracy: < 1%
  • Exposure Timer: 1-999 seconds or 0.1-99.9 minutes or continuous
  • Programmable Settings: 250 locations to recall exposure parameters
  • Graphical User Interface for operation simplicity
  • Selectable Multi-language Display

Additional x-ray unit features

  • Automatic warm-up with Intelligent Tube Conditioning

Rates and scheduling

Rates and scheduling

FY20 rates will go into effect on 7/1/19. Websites will be updated with the FY20 rates by July 12, 2019. Please contact the shared resource manager or coordinator with questions.

FY19 Rates

$18.61 per 15 minutes

Scheduling

  • Sign up using the online calendar.
  • New online calendar through iLabs. An iLabs account is required to make any calendar reservations.
  • Please cancel as soon as possible. Users cannot cancel reserved time on the instrument after the time has passed. You will be billed if you do not schedule in advance.

Training

Training

Training on the X-RAD Irradiator is required before users can operate this instrument independently.

To complete training, please follow these 3 steps: 

  1. Review the MCC Irradiator Core training presentation packet.
  2. Schedule training by filling out a training request in iLabs.  
  3. The Radiation Safety for Radioactive Material Users online course must be completed as well. Visit the Department of Environmental Health and Safety website to schedule this training.

Please contact Emily Taras if you have any questions about scheduling a training session.  

Director

Frank Cichocki, PhD
612-626-4217
 

Irradiator Coordinator

Katie Tuininga
612-626-8137
 

Locations

Mayo B185
Mayo B186