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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.

If x-ray equipment is used often in your place of business, it is possible that some safety precautions are being overlooked, especially if technicians are not being properly trained with a clear understanding of radiation and a respect for the safety precaution protocols.

Since radiation is an invisible and odorless energy it may not be intuitive to your technicians on how to protect themselves and clients from radiation scatter. It is important that safety garments and protocols are taught as absolute required precautions. (Also, it is essential for keeping up your state’s mandated x-ray regulations.)

Make it clear to your technicians that these fundamentals should be taken seriously. It is vital that your technicians understand that proper radiation safety can virtually eliminate the risks associated with radiation exposure. Since, there is no such thing as being too safe around radiation, make sure that your technicians review the following fundamentals of safety regularly.

  • Time

The more time you spend near radiation, the higher the health risks are. Minimizing the time exposed to radiation is essential, which means rotating personnel (if possible), to minimize their amount of exposure. This is especially important for veterinary technicians who are often holding animals to acquire their x-rays. You and your team should also be using technique charts to decrease the need for re-taking x-rays.

Remember with radiation from strong sources, the dose you absorb is proportional to the duration of the exposure, so the less time you spend near a radiation source, the less likely your dose will be.

  • Shielding

Shielding is one of the most important protective measures you can take when working around radiation. It is essential to always be wearing protective gloves, aprons and thyroid shields and to check your protective equipment regularly to make sure it is in top working order. Never allow any part of your body to come in contact with the primary beam while working near x-rays.

  • Distance

Make sure you are maximizing the distance between the technician and the x-ray beam. Radiation can scatter up to six feet away, meaning even if you aren’t right next to your x-ray equipment, you can still be exposed. Nonessential workers should never be in the radiology room during exposure.

  • Wear A Dosimetry Badge

Not only make it a requirement for your technicians to wear a dosimetry badge, ensure they understand the proper protocols concerning dosimetry badges. This includes, making sure they are always wearing their assigned dosimetry badge whenever working near the x-ray equipment and ensuring there is an assigned place at work (that is not near the radiation source) for them to store their badge when they are not at work. Dosimeters should be worn at the collar level outside of the apron. For pregnant staff, ensure they have a fetal dosimeter assigned to them.

Did you know that the experts at iRad offer safety training as part of their x-ray review? Get in touch with iRad to schedule your review today 469-573-2323! If you have other questions about radiation safety, or need to order radiation safety equipment, we can help with that too.