State updates rule on portable X-ray equipment

The California Department of Public Health recently clarified rules related to the use of portable radiograph equipment, permitting its use when the following four conditions are met. Compliance with the provisions listed below will be evaluated during inspections conducted by departmental personnel.

1. The portable dental X-ray system being used has received FDA approval and is being used in a manner consistent with that approval.

2. A backscatter shield provided by the manufacturer, which provides no less than 0.25 mm lead equivalent, is permanently affixed in place at all times; the X-ray system may not be used if this component becomes broken or dislodged.

3. Personnel monitoring devices are worn at all times by all individuals operating portable dental X-ray systems. The personnel monitoring device must be evaluated on a monthly basis, and records must be available for review by the department (users of Aribex Nomad, Aribex Nomad Pro, Nomad Pro2, Aribex Nomad eXaminer, and Nomad 75kV devices are not required to comply with this personnel monitoring requirement based on 10 years of exposure data).

4. All personnel must have received training in the safe use of these X-ray systems; records of training must be available for review by the department.

For more information, visit cdph.ca.gov.

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