17 May Proper Transfer of Radiation Equipment
Moving a piece of radiation equipment in your office may seem like a rather small undertaking. However, there is a lot more that goes into moving this type of machinery, and a number of considerations to take before you relocate any piece of radiation equipment. The best way to safely transfer x-ray equipment is to hire an x-ray service company to handle the process for you. Failing to have a professional take the helm on this type of project can result in expensive damage to your unit.
If you are considering moving your radiation equipment, no matter how far, or short, of a distance, there are a few considerations to take about the proper transfer that you should be aware of.
- If you move your equipment, you will need an x-ray service company. While the owners of x-ray equipment can transfer and install their x-ray units on their own, they are risking damaging their equipment. Even if the machinery is moved by the owners, they are obligated to have a service company come and perform an EPE within 30 days.
- There is paperwork involved. Whenever you transfer or replace a machine, you need to fill out the proper paperwork. For example, in Texas, the state requires a Radiation Machine Transfer/Disposal Form from the State of Health Services. This is a detailed form that must be properly filed and stored upon completion.
- There are regulations in place regarding the disposal of old x-ray equipment. If you are replacing an existing x-ray machine with a new piece of equipment, the state has strict guidelines you must follow when it comes to disposal. There are environmental concerns associated with radiation equipment disposal, so it is essential that you read up on your state’s guidelines and follow them closely.
If you have moved or are planning on moving a piece of radiation equipment, it is important that you not only follow the state guidelines on equipment transfer but that you follow up with an annual review of your x-ray equipment. This is the best way to make sure that your radiation machinery is working as it should be and has not been damaged in any way during the transfer. These reviews are an important part of your annual x-ray machinery maintenance and doing them in accordance with your transfer is a great way to make sure everything is working properly.
If you are interested in scheduling your annual review, or if you would like a professional to come out and coordinate your machine transfer, contact the experts at iRad today.