The purpose of diagnostic x-ray facility protection is to establish and promote quality diagnostic imaging at the x-ray facility while providing protection for workers and lowering patient doses as far as practicable.
Diagnostic x-ray facility protection centers around quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC). An effective QA program in radiological facilities is defined as planned and organized activities required to provide assurance that the x-ray equipment and its components produce the highest quality diagnostic information with minimum doses to patients and staff. A QC program performed on x-ray equipment includes quality control procedures for monitoring, testing, evaluating and conducting corrective actions.
Radiation standards are based on the Radiation Emitting Devices (RED) Regulations (as amended in 2001), Health Canada Safety Code 35, Health Canada Safety Code 20A, Health Canada Safety Code 28, Health Canada Safety Code 30, Canadian Mammography Guidelines, and other Health Canada publications.
Diagnostic x-ray facility protection also requires adequate shielding of the x-ray facility itself. BCCDC has developed a set of easy-to-follow shielding guidelines and templates for various types of x-ray facilities. Advice on shielding matters can be obtained from a qualified Radiation Shielding Design and Assessment Consultant (pdf).
X-ray warning signs (printable)
An x-ray warning sign indicating that access is restricted to authrorized personnel only - must be visible to all those who would enter the x-ray room.
An x-ray notice sign for Dental Offices for possible pregnant patients.
An x-ray notice sign for Dental Offices for possible pregnant patients - no image