Bureau of Radiological Health


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The mission of the Bureau of Radiological Health programs is to protect Iowans from excessive exposure to radiation. Each year, Iowans are exposed to an average of 300 millirem of natural radiation and 60 millirem of manmade radiation. The Bureau functions under legislative mandates found in the Iowa Code, Chapters 136B, C and D.

Program activities include:

  • licensing of facilities using radioactive materials;
  • registration of facilities using radiation-producing machines or operating tanning units;
  • inspection of facilities using radioactive materials;
  • credentialing of persons using radioactive material or operating radiation-emitting machines;
  • approval of training courses and continuing education; and
  • emergency response as it relates to radioactive materials and nuclear power plant incidents.

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The IDPH Bureau of Radiological Health has finalized rule making changes pertaining to fees for the radiological health programs. The fee adjustments will be in effect September 18, 2019. Please visit the rules to review the changes for your particular license type. The updated rules regarding fees can be found in Chapters 38 and 42 above.***

***IDPH has received questions recently about our position on the ACR’s and the AAPM’s recent position statements about patient and fetal shielding.  IDPH is monitoring this new information and is awaiting input from the National Council on Radiation Protection and the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors and will provide more information as it becomes available. 

Iowa Administrative Code currently outlines the use of gonadal shielding:

641-41.1(3) Gonad shielding of not less than 0.50 millimeter lead equivalent shall be used for human patients, who have not passed the reproductive age, during radiographic procedures in which the gonads are in the useful beam, except for cases in which this would interfere with the diagnostic procedure.

Registrants will need to continue to adhere to this rule until IDPH makes a change to the rule through rulemaking or with a specific variance to the rule.  IDPH will keep our website updated as we monitor this new information and will publish an Information Notice if/when any rules or application of rules is changed for Iowa facilities. ***

Contact Information

Angela Leek
Bureau Chief
Lucas State Office Bldg
5th Floor
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 371-2255