Tag: X-ray

  • Waste Not, Want Not: Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control Programs Protect Utah Residents

    Learn how the Utah DEQ Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control protects Utah residents through its waste, radiation, and recycling programs.

  • X-Ray Program

    Related Links Administered properly, radiation is an invaluable tool in the diagnosis, treatment and management of disease. But most radiologic procedures also carry a potential health risk, and radiation can be harmful or even deadly if it is administered incorrectly. Medical x-rays account for the majority of the average citizen’s exposure to manmade radiation. The…

  • X-Ray Dose Comparisons:
    X-Ray Program

    Related Links Among experts there is no universal agreement on whether there is a risk associated with the small amounts of radiation exposure received from medical x-rays and if there is a risk what is the likelihood (probability) of harmful effects arising at some future date. Different methods have been formulated in an attempt to…

  • X-Ray Guidance:
    X-Ray Program

    Related Links Equipment Evaluation Guidance The following Equipment Evaluation Guidelines are provided in PDF format. Nationwide Evaluation of X-ray Trends In 1973 the Nationwide Evaluation of X-ray Trends (NEXT) program was established to estimate the radiation exposure from specific diagnostic x-ray procedures. NEXT is an annual survey program conducted cooperatively between the Food and Drug…

  • Utah Chiropractic Radiograph:
    X-Ray Guidance

    Related Links Entrance Skin Exposures The desired state for the use of radiation in chiropractic offices is to obtain necessary diagnostic information with minimal exposure to the patient, office personnel and the general public. The Utah Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control has determined that patient exposure levels for radiographs throughout the state can…

  • Reducing Your Patient’s Exposure:
    X-Ray Guidance

    Related Links A wide range of patient exposure occurs in diagnostic radiology. For example, the entrance skin exposure (ESE) for an x-ray of a hand is only a few mR; however, ESE’s in fluoroscopy may be several thousand mR. This wide range of exposures is expected and hardly surprising. What is surprising is that even…

  • Lowering Your Patients’s Entrance Skin Exposures (ESEs):
    X-Ray Guidance

    Related Links The following steps may be taken to reduce the ESEs from x-ray units in your office: If you have additional questions please contact DWMRC at contact (801) 536-0200.

  • Veterinary Guidance:
    X-Ray Guidance

    Related Links Keeping Radiation Exposures to X-Ray System Operators As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) in Veterinary Clinics/Hospitals Utah Radiation Control Rules require that registrants develop and implement a radiation safety program. One aspect of radiation safety programs are written radiation safety procedures which are available to all operators of the x-ray system(s). The following…

  • Utah X-Ray Data: X-Ray Program

    Related Links In the period 1994 to 1996 a survey of 94 x-ray units in medical facilities in Utah that perform C-Spine x-ray procedures was completed by the Division. The purpose of the survey was to evaluate exposure to a “Standard Man”. The figures below are the summaries of exposures obtained from this survey. If…

  • X-ray Inspections Ensure Patient Safety

    By Lisa Mechem Most of us don’t give it a second thought when we get an x -ray at the dentist’s office because we correctly assume that the equipment our doctors and dentists use has been tested for safety. We can rest easy because the radiation scientists at the Division of Radiation Control (DRC) regularly…

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