Medical Imaging Equipment Safety Considerations

Medical imaging equipment safety considerations are a concern to both patients and medical staff.  By observing the following, the risk to both patients and staff can be lowered:

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Medical Imaging Equipment Safety Rules:


  • Understand and follow Federal regulations requiring a C-Arm maximum output to have a limit.
  • Make sure to thoroughly scan and go over the patients original radiographs before the  procedure begins, as this can greatly reduce the repeat rate for the procedure time.
  • Inspect your c-arm and other medical equipment regularly to avoid any alignment issues or technical mishaps. You should have regular inspection’s on your service contract.


  • Keep strict rules regarding the persons allowed in the fluoroscopy room: No one should be present except trained staff and patient.
  • Make sure patients are at least 12-15 inches away from the x-ray tube – the closer they are to the tube, the higher the radiation dose will be.
    • However, your patient should be as close as possible to the image intensifier.
  • Avoid radiation leakage by having personnel stand on the image intensifier side of the c-arm while in use.
  • Stay at least one foot (or more) away from the patient during the procedure to lower radiation exposure.
  • Stay mindful of radiation influx, and limit/adjust exposure time as needed.
  • Staff shielding is a priority. Wear leaded eyewear with side shields, leaded gloves, and a wrap-around apron. The side shields on eyewear are especially important, because without them you could accidentally glance sideways from the c-arm x-ray tube to look at the monitor image and be exposed to radiation.
  • Lead lining is also crucial in order to reduce radiation risk.
    • Lead requirements do vary state to state, find out your specific area’s rules and regulations before moving forward with any lead shielding.


  • Be honest and up front with your patients about the risks of radiation, but make it easy to digest by using simple language.
  • Remember that your patients most likely won’t understand the terminology commonly used in the medical field.

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