Radiation Safety Program and the X-ray Tech’s Role
The policies and procedures that ensure the safe use of X-ray equipment at healthcare facilities are collectively called the radiation safety program. The program lists the authorized users of X-ray equipment. Also, safe practices necessary to ensure radiation protection are outlined. Guidelines for the protection of pregnant patients, pregnant staff, and females of childbearing age are included in the radiation safety program. The program also outlines the necessary education and training of radiation workers. Besides, it provides recommendations for effective monitoring of staff exposure (dosimetry). Last but not least, the radiation safety program establishes a maintenance schedule for X-ray equipment.