The establishment of the Secondary Standard Dosimetry Laboratory (SSDL) is a significant achievement for KFSH&RC. It provides calibration of radiation measuring instruments used within the hospital and extends its calibration services throughout the Kingdom and the Gulf region.
Sophisticated radiation measuring and experimental work must be done with instruments in order to calibrate them against a standardized source traceable to a recognized primary radiation dosimetry laboratory. This laboratory compares its standards with reference laboratories around the world such as the NBS, NPL, and the IAEA. In June 1988, the SSDL of the Biomedical Physics Department was accepted as a member of the joint IAEA/WHO network of Secondary Standard Dosimetry Laboratories.