X-rays are a form of ionizing radiation used commonly in medicine and research. Exposure to x-rays can be hazardous to staff working near them, as well as to patients, if they are not used properly. EHS provides x-ray safety training for a variety of x-ray equipment. In addition, EHS surveys all medical and research x-ray equipment annually to ensure that it is operating according to applicable State and federal regulations. EHS also performs evaluations of x-ray use areas to ensure that sufficient shielding is provided to maintain radiation levels at safe levels.
Contact Information and Areas of expertise can be found on the Contact Us page.
Separate safety manuals are available for both research and medical x-ray users, available at the links below:
- Research X-ray Machine Registration Form - All x-ray machines used in research need to be registered with EHS.
- Shielding Evaluation Request - EHS will perform shielding evaluations related to projects involving new or renovated x-ray rooms and/or new x-ray equipment.
- Dosimeter Guidelines for Radiography and Fluoroscopy
- Dosimeter Guidelines for Staff Using X-Ray Diffraction Equipment
For further training and registration information, go to EHS Safety Training.
X-ray Safety, General - W011RD
- EHS training required initially and annually for any staff that has received a deep dose of 100mrem or greater during the calendar year.
- Audience: Operators of diagnostic X-ray machines.
X-ray Safety, Anesthesia Staff - W543RD
- EHS training required initially for any staff that has received a deep dose of 100mrem or greater during the calendar year.
- Audience: UIHC Anesthesia staff who participate in x-ray fluoroscopy procedures. This includes anesthesiologists, CRNAs, residents, etc. present during fluoroscopy.
X-ray Safety, Fluoroscopy Practitioners - W523RD
- EHS training required initially for Advanced Practice Providers who operate or direct the operation of fluoroscopic equipment.
- Audience: Advanced Practice Providers (physicians, physician assistants and advanced nurse practitioners) who operate or direct the operation of fluoroscopic x-ray equipment.
X-ray Safety, Fluoroscopy Staff - W495RD
- EHS training required initially for any staff who use fluoroscopy and annually for individuals who received a radiation dose of 100mrem or more during the preceding calendar year.
- Audience: UIHC staff who participate in x-ray fluoroscopy procedures. This includes, nurses, medical technologists, medical assistants, anesthesiologists, etc. present during fluoroscopy.
X-ray Safety, Limited - W111RD
- EHS training is required initially and annually (for any staff that has received a deep dose of 100 mrem or greater during the previous calendar year).
- Audience: This training is specific to Community Medical Service Clinic staff and certain research users of diagnostic x-rays.