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Shared Resources

Radiation Medicine


This shared resource facility provides radiation services delivered by an X-Ray source for stereotactic radiation or via a gamma-ray source for large field/whole-body irradiation. Our Precision X-Ray Small Animal Radiation Therapy (SmART) machine allows for the development of unique treatment plans based upon its native 3D CT imaging and treatment modeling systems. It can also precisely deliver X-Rays in a treatment area as small as 5.0mm2. Our large-field irradiator uses a Cs-137 source and is more suitable for whole-body irradiation of mice, cells (at RT, on ice, or on dry ice), and materials. Unique shielding can be set in place to selectively irradiate a region of interest upon request from an investigator. At this time, animals from outside of the Moores Cancer Center Vivarium are not eligible for radiation services. A minimum of two weeks' advance notice is required to book irradiation services. Please reach out to check availability BEFORE you begin experiments.


Radiation Medicine Shared Resource Services

  • Irradiation of cells and cell lines at room temperature, on ice, or on dry ice.
  • Whole-body irradiation of normal and tumor-bearing mice or rats.
  • Partial body irradiation of normal and tumor-bearing mice or rats.
  • Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) approaches to tumor control studies in mice or rats.
  • Assistance with radiobiologic data interpretation, cell survival modeling (linear-quadratic: n, Do), and radiation cell survival illustration.

Sample instructions

  • Cells to be irradiated can be brought in tubes, dishes, and plates, at room temperature, on ice, or on dry ice. Please reach out for more detailed questions.
  • Mice need to be brought in mouse pies for whole-body irradiation. Alternatively, for precision radiation, they can be brought in cages.
  • If you have dosing questions, please reach out.

Recharge Rates

JL Shepherd and Co. Gamma Irradiator

​Item Code Item Description ​Unit Cost
RM0002A1 Radiation Medicine / Hr. - Participating Member $ 95.00
RM0002A2 Radiation Medicine Hr. - Associate Member $ 202.00
RM0002B Radiation Medicine Hr. - Non-Member, UCSD Faculty $ 202.00
RM0002C1 Radiation Medicine Hr. - Non-University, Non-Profit $ 293.00
RM0002C2 Radiation Medicine Hr. - Non-University, For-Profit $ 293.00
RM0002C3 Radiation Medicine / Hr. -Cancer Centers Council $ 293.00

Precision X-Ray SmART Stereotactic X-Ray Irradiator

​Item Code Item Description ​Unit Cost
RM0003A1 Radiation Medicine / Hr. - Participating Member $ 119.00
RM0003A2 Radiation Medicine Hr. - Associate Member $ 253.00
RM0003B Radiation Medicine Hr. - Non-Member, UCSD Faculty $ 253.00
RM0003C1 Radiation Medicine Hr. - Non-University, Non-Profit $ 366.00
RM0003C2 Radiation Medicine Hr. - Non-University, For-Profit $ 336.00
RM0003C3 Radiation Medicine / Hr.-Cancer Center Council $ 366.00


Operating Policies

A minimum two-week advance notice is required before booking irradiation appointments. Please contact Riley Jones ( for more information including availability. The Core Facility observes all University Holidays and will be closed on these days.


Live Calendar


Director: Andrew Sharabi, MD PhD
Phone: 858-534-2381

Contact: Riley Jones
Phone: 858-534-2381

UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
3855 Health Sciences Drive, MC 0803
La Jolla, CA 92093-0803