§ 221.50. Facilities using CR or DR.

 (a)  When exposure indicators are available, the facility shall establish, document and post an acceptable range for the exposure values for examinations routinely performed at the facility. The indicated exposure values for each image shall be compared to the established range. Consistent deviations from established ranges shall be investigated, corrective actions taken as necessary and results documented.

 (b)  Facilities shall establish and follow an image QC program in accordance with the recommendations of a QMP, the system manufacturer or a nationally-recognized organization.

 (c)  Facilities other than dental, podiatric and veterinary shall complete phantom image evaluation using a phantom approved by a QMP, system manufacturer or the Department. The evaluation shall be completed on a quarterly basis and include, at a minimum, all of the following:

   (1)  Artifacts.

   (2)  Spatial resolution.

   (3)  Contrast/noise.

   (4)  Workstation monitors.

   (5)  Exposure indicator constancy.

 (d)  In addition to subsections (a)—(c), CR facilities shall erase all CR cassettes, at a minimum, on a weekly basis.

 (e)  Dental and podiatric facilities shall maintain and operate photostimulable storage phosphor and DDR systems in accordance with manufacturer specifications.

 (f)  The facility shall maintain records for 5 years for inspection by the Department.

Authority

   The provisions of this §  221.50 issued under sections 301 and 302 of the Radiation Protection Act (35 P.S. § §  7110.301 and 7110.302); and section 1920-A of the Administrative Code (71 P.S. §  510.20).

Source

   The provisions of this §  221.50 adopted October 26, 2018, effective January 24, 2019, 48 Pa.B. 6791.



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