The current crisis in radioactive waste disposal coupled with increased regulatory control over medical and hazardous waste has a definite impact on medical research. In addition to increased costs, the unavailability of disposal sites has resulted in the inability to perform standard research protocols in some institutions. The system implemented at a major research medical center is discussed focusing on the methods used to collect, transport, store, and dispose of radioactive and hazardous waste. Problems faced by research scientists include, increased costs, space, staff and time spent to meet ever increasing regulatory requirements.
Donna L. Earley,
"Radioactive and other medical waste and their implications to medical technology", Proc. SPIE 2102, Coupling Technology to National Need, (7 March 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.170620; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.170620