Radiation Control, X-ray Unit
Minnesota Department of Health
625 Robert Street North
PO Box 64975
St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0975Protecting, Maintaining and Improving
the Health of All Minnesotans
AUGUST 2010 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
MDH X-ray Unit magnets
The MDH X-ray Unit created magnets for all registered facilities to help facilitate communication between our
registrants and MDH. Please write your facility registration number on the magnet, as we refer to this number
to answer your questions. If you did not receive your magnet yet, please give us a call.
X-ray Focus Donate X-ray Equipment
Your phone and email frequently asked questions There are many ways to dispose of old or unused
x-ray equipment, such as selling, recycling, or
donating it. If you are interested in donating it to aWhen do we dispose of our facilities
nonprofit organization, we’ve created a list below of
organizations that we are aware of.
We hear this question a lot, so we know there is
some confusion among registrants as to when to Project C.U.R.E.
dispose of their x-ray film. Here are some general http://www.projectcure.org/give-supplies/
rules based on the type of film: supplies-needed
AmeriCaresPatient Films: Patient films should be disposed of
http://www.americares.org/howtohelp/as directed by your facilities medical records
corporations/retention policy. For hospital films, please refer to
Minnesota Statute 145.32. The statute states to Medical Bridges
keep films for seven years, or in the case of a http://www.medicalbridges.org/?q=donate
minor, the age of majority (18) plus seven years.
Global Health Ministries
Quality control films: Quality control films are http://www.ghm.org/howtohelp/supplies.html
films done daily to check the processor. They need
Samaritan’s Purseto be retained for 60 days and the quality control
http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/charts (paper) need to be kept from inspection to
This list does not include all organizations that accept
Screen contact, speed match, fog tests and any lead donations of x-ray equipment, nor does it constitute an
endorsement or recommendation of any individualapron check films: These types of film are kept
organization by MDH.from inspection to inspection.
If you’ve gone digital: Please notify the X-ray
Unit via mail or email that your facility has gone
digital. Your facility can discard quality control, Chapter 4732 is available at the Minnesota
screen contact, speed match and fog films, but Bookstore. Call 651.297.3000 or 1.800.657.3757
must retain the lead apron check films from or order online at www.comm.media.state.mn.us/
inspection to inspection. bookstore/bookstore.asp
Nationwide Evaluation of X-ray
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is
proud to be a member of the Nationwide Evaluation
of X-ray Trends (NEXT) program, which consists of
a partnership between the Conference of Radiation
Control Program Directors (CRCPD), the FDA and
the Center for Devices and Radiological Health
(CDRH), with financial support from the American
College of Radiology (ACR). Its purpose since
1998, is to characterize the radiation doses patients
receive during diagnostic x-ray examinations.
The NEXT survey program selects a particular
radiological examination for study and captures
radiation exposure data from a nationally
representative sample of the US clinical
facilities. The recently completed survey looked at
cardiac catheterization labs. MDH would like to
thank all the facilities that were randomly selected
for participating in this study. The CRCPD will
collect the data from all 50 states and provide a brief
snapshot of the state-of-practice to both the radiation
protection specialist and to the practicing
radiological community. Clinical facilities can
compare findings at their site for patient exposure
and clinical quality indicators with statistical
findings representing the US practicing community.
To learn more about NEXT, please visit the CRCPD
website at http://www.crcpd.org/NEXT.aspx.
Subversion of Examination Bill
The Minnesota Legislature passed a subversion of
examination bill that became effective April 1, 2010.
This act identifies what constitutes wrongful
behavior by an examinee of a licensing or certifying
examination. Since ARRT is based in Minnesota,
anyone signing an agreement of candidates for
certification or an application for renewal of
registration or reinstatement of registration will be
bound by the new statute.
This information was distributed to RT’s in the
Spring Annual Report to Radiologic Technologists,
and applies to those taking the Limited Scope Exam
as well. For more information, visit the Minnesota
Office of the Revisor of Statutes, Minnesota
Statutes, chapter 604 at https://www.revisor.mn.gov/
CRCPD CT Brain Perfusion
The CRCPD has a number of
committees that look at procedures used by
facilities. The CT Brain Perfusion committee
(H-39) is currently working with facilities
nationwide to examine their Brain Perfusion
protocols. Minnesota has an inspector on this
committee, which will use a survey that asks
detailed questions regarding the specifics of a
facility’s CT brain perfusion protocols and
practices. A number of Minnesota hospitals have
signed up for this study. If you have not been
contacted and would like to be a part of this study,
please contact Teresa Purrington at
email@example.com or 651-201-4519.
Common Inspection Fines
MDH is often asked about what fines are the most
common during an inspection. There are very strict
guidelines regarding Administrative Penalties.
The top offenders are:
Repeat Violations: If a facility was cited on
their last inspection and is cited again on their
current inspection, the facility may be fined.
Equipment Performance Evaluations (EPE) of
X-ray equipment: EPE needs to be done at
intervals not to exceed 24 months. Preventative
maintenance that is done by the manufacturer
cannot be deemed equivalent unless the
requirements of 4732.1100 are met.
Calibrations of sensitometers/densitometers:
These are to be done at intervals not to exceed 24
Registration: If a facility is not registered, they
can be fined or if a facility is registered with MDH,
but paid registration that did not include all of their
tubes, they may be fined.
Quality Control/Quality Assurance Program in
Place: It is important for facilities to maintain their
program according to the rules of 4732 or the
Operator issues: Violations cited for operators
have included unqualified operators performing
radiographic procedures, operators taking x-rays
without a valid x-ray order, and operators taking
x-rays for modules or exams they have not passed.