Wed 13 Apr, 2011 07:24 pm
Are the X-ray devices in dentist offices inspected at certain intervals? By whom?
Doing a Google search on the question: who and how often are X-ray devices in dentist offices inspected?
Required regular X-ray machine checks and licensure -
Federal law requires that X-ray machines be checked for accuracy and safety every two years, and some states require more frequent checks. Once the machine passes the testing process, the dentist receives a license to operate the machine. If you have any doubts about the safety of the X-ray machine in your dentist's office, feel free to ask to see a copy of the inspection license.
and from the American Dental Association:
Radiation Safety Requirements
State laws and regulations set specific requirements for the use of ionizing radiation (which includes X-rays). Contact the state radiation protection program to determine specific requirements for:
* Inspection and testing for the facility, X-ray machine, radiation monitoring equipment and radiograph processing equipment
* Permits or licensing
* Supervision of personnel
* Use of dosimetry badges
* Training or certification
* Dental office design and radiation shielding
* Record keeping
Radiographic training requirements for dental office personnel frequently differ from and are less rigorous than those of medical personnel who take X-ray. Training requirements for dental office personnel typically are found in state dental practice acts or dental board regulations.