Does a new molecule protect blood cells from radiation induced DNA damage

The PI of this project was: Myron Pozniak, MD

This project was funded by: Radiology RD

The term of this project was: November 2015 to March 2016

The number of subjects scanned during this project was: 1

We are investigating whether a new molecule can protect white blood cell DNA from damage caused by CT radiation. We are going to draw blood from volunteers, and scan the blood in the CT scanner. Blood vials will be taped to a body phantom, and the phantom + blood will be scanned using real body protocols. Some of the vials will have blood mixed with this new molecule, and some will serve as controls. We will then analyze the blood to see how many double stranded DNA breaks there are. We will see if this molecule is able to protect DNA from damage from CT radiation.