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X-ray Machine Program

Stan Orchel, Jr.

Stan Orchel, Jr., Program Supervisor

general number: (804) 864-8170

fax number: (804) 864-8175

Email: Stan.Orchel@vdh.virginia.gov

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"To protect the public and occupational workers against unnecessary radiation exposure from X-ray producing machines."

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December 20, 2013: We have implemented a credit card payment system for the X-ray Program. Registrants may pay their registration and inspection fee payments using this system. The page may be found at: Credit Card Payment Site. If you have any questions please contact us at 804-864-8150.

The X-Ray Registration, Inspection and Certification Program exists to assure quality radiographs with a safe x-ray facility environment for both the people of Virginia and the operators of the equipment. The X-ray Program registers approximately 17,000 radiation-producing machines (such as x-ray machines); sets performance criteria for them; and authorizes non-department qualified private inspectors to perform the evaluations and non-department service companies to install and repair the machines.  We also maintain a  January 2014 Private Inspectors list.

Machines must be inspected within the established frequency of either 1 or 3 years, based on the type of use. Any x-ray machine that is determined to be unsafe for human use is restricted from use until the x-ray machine is repaired by a service company, and re-inspected by a Virginia  Radiological Health Specialist , or permanently removed from service. These regional radiological health specialists audit and monitor private sector inspections and perform compliance inspections of x-ray facilities.

The X-ray Protection Program works very closely with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is responsible for regulating the manufacture and installation/assembly of X-ray diagnostic machines.  States regulate the use of X-ray machines in their respective state.  The more prominent joint programs are related to mammography (MQSA) and joint surveys for evaluating patient exposures (NEXT).

Ocassionally Bulletins are published to inform X-ray registrants of regulatory concerns or guidance for new types of equipment not addressed specfically in the regulations. The following Bulletins have been released:

  • February 6, 2014-Use of the XRay2go EX Portable X-Ray System (Model DXR-1)
  • November 1, 2013-Update for the Nomad hande held X-ray device
  • May 2013�Clarification on the Inspection Cycle of Veterinary X-ray Equipment
  • June 2012�Guidance in the use of DexcowinDX-3000 and ADX-4000L Dental Hand Held X-Ray Device
  • April 2012-Guidance in the use of the ZEN-PX2 or Port X II Hand Held X-Ray Device
  • December 2011-Policy on PET/CT Operators-qualifications/training
  • October 2011-Policy on Lead Aprons used as Protective Barriers