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          44:03:01:10.02.  Operator protection requirements. Operators of fixed medical radiographic units shall be within a shielded area large enough to provide protection from unattenuated scatter or stray radiation originating from the table or upright cassette holder.

 

          Operators of dental radiographic units must comply with ยง 44:03:01:08.06.

 

          A lead glass patient-viewing window, mirrors, closed circuit television, or an equivalent system must be available to permit the operator to continuously observe the patient during exposure. If a patient-viewing window is used, it must be a minimum of one square foot and must be located at least eighteen inches from the edge of the control booth for any new construction and any renovation, addition or change in space use of existing facilities. The exposure switch must be permanently mounted so that it cannot be conveniently operated outside the shielded area.

 

          For mobile and portable X ray systems to be used less than one week in the same location, the control must be positioned so that the operator is at least six feet away from the tube housing and the patient during an exposure and is not exposed to greater than two millirems in any one hour.

 

          For mobile and portable X ray systems to be used more than one week in the same location, the operator must be provided with a movable protective barrier at least  6.5 feet high, 30 inches wide, and a lead glass viewing window.

 

          Source: 26 SDR 96, effective January 23, 2000; 32 SDR 128, effective January 30, 2006.

          General Authority: SDCL 34-21-4.1, 34-21-15.

          Law Implemented: SDCL 34-21-4.1, 34-21-15.

 


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