Radiation Exposure from Diagnostic X-Rays Could Be Reduced

HRD-77-22: Published: Nov 24, 1976. Publicly Released: Nov 24, 1976.

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The Radiation Control for Health and Safety Act provides for a program to protect the public health and safety from electronic product radiation. The Food and Drug Administration, which is responsible for administering the Act, has issued performance regulations for diagnostic X-ray equipment, implemented a program to insure compliance with those regulations, and conducted educational programs to improve operator techniques in the use of X-ray equipment.

The agency's program could be strengthened by establishment of a uniform nationwide operator credentialing program, full implementation of compliance programs to insure the safety of diagnostic X-ray equipment, and issuance of guidance on who should be given diagnostic X-rays and when such X-rays are justified. As there is a one- to two-year backlog in inspections, additional resources could be allocated to expedite the review of manufacturer's equipment reports and the on site inspection of facilities.

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