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School for Studies on Applications of Radioisotopes and Radiation Technologies ( SARRT)

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Dr. Lalit Varshney
Mission: To provide state of the art research, development, demonstration and training facilities for utilizing and promoting applications of radio-isotopes and radiation technologies at national and international level for societal benefits. Health care, Industry, Environment and Agriculture are the major thrust areas where Radiation Technology and Radio Isotopes could be employed for betterment of standard of living of people.

   An Overview

      SARRT is engaged in research, development and utilization of Radioisotopes and Radiation Technology in the areas of industry, environment and healthcare, for societal benefits. The school facilitates utilization of radioisotopes & radiation technology for sterilization of medical products, food preservation, and development of high yielding crop seeds, waste water treatment, advanced polymers, cancer treatment, disease diagnosis & therapy, gamma scanning for industrial radiography and tomography, tracer techniques and other similar areas. Capacity building and skill development through training would facilitate percolation and commercial deployment of various applications.


      SARRT main objectives are to use Radioisotopes and Radiation Technologies for societal benefits, capacity building, skill development and commercial deployment in the area of Industry, Environment and Healthcare through the following departments to realize its long term Goals:

A) Radiation Technology Application Group

Dry Sludge Hygienisation                                      Wound Healing Hydrogel
      Dry Sludge Hygienisation                                                  Wound Healing Hydrogel

It would focus on development & deployment of technologies related to Waste Water treatment, textile dyes effluent treatment, Medical aids like wound healing Hydrogel, Dry Sludge Hygienisation for manure, Plant Growth Promoters, Bio-degradable Superabsorbent Polymers, advanced polymers etc. by using the gamma and EB processes.

B) Radiation Technology for Food & Agriculture

Groundnut and Mustard        Treated Onion
            Mutant of Groundnut and Mustard                                Control and Radiation Treated Onion

The aim would be to demonstrate applications in the area of food security, safety, and overcoming quarantine barriers to international trade by using radiation hygienisation of spices and herbal products, insect disinfestation of cereals & legumes, sprout inhibition of onion & potato, shelf life extension of meat & sea foods and phytosanitary treatment of fruit. In the area of agriculture, use of radiation technology to produce the beneficial mutants of various agricultural products like oil seeds, pulses, rice and jute with high yield, disease resistant, early maturity and having other improved quality parameters will be demonstrated. DAE has already released 42 high yielding varieties of oil and pulses seeds.

C) Isotope Technology Group

                Radioactive particle tracking                                                            Tomographic Imaging Capability
Radioactive particle tracking technique for flow visualization                                Tomographic Imaging Capability

The area of expertise would mainly focus on use and demonstration of various applications of radiation and radioisotopes for industrial diagnostic radiology employ various technologies including gamma radiometry; gamma and X-ray based advanced radiography and tomography imaging as well as use of radiotracers for process-related troubleshooting and optimization. Radiotracer and gamma shield sources as diagnostic tools in control of production plants/processes, process optimization in the form of performance improvement either in throughput or in product quality. There are comprehensive ranges of applications where process tomography and radiography can deliver real benefits to the end user. Various training programmes and demonstration in the area of radiation based industrial imaging, radiotracer applications, industrial tomography and upcoming new radioisotope technologies would be aimed at strengthening the knowledge-base of interested groups and institutions both for commercial and societal benefits in the country.

D) Radiation and Isotopes in healthcare

                Bhabhatron                                                            Imaging and therapy
Isotopic Teletherapy Machine: Bhabhatron                                               Imaging and therapy

Radiation Technology and radiopharmaceuticals find several applications in diagnostic and treatment of various diseases. Cancer diagnostic and treatment using radiopharmaceuticals provide an effective way to deal with this dreaded disease. These are also widely used for imaging the organs and understand the various dynamics associates with the disease. The school would provide basic knowledge about the subject, training in preparation of dosage, safety and interpretation of results.

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