We get calls every day from doctors, like you, trying to determine if they need lead lined walls in their Rad Rooms, R/F Rooms, C-Arm procedure areas, etc. Whether or not you need lead lining really depends on a few factors...
State Laws Vary
Although many of us wish the laws were consistent state to state (it would simplify the process), the fact remains, each state has unique laws. Some states require no lead lining at all, while other states require varying thickness based on the system.
Not only are the laws unique, but each state has different names for who oversees radiology health. Some states house their radiology health division within the Department of Health, others have created Radiology Departments. A quick search of your state’s official website should lead to a phone number to call, or if your state is on the cutting edge of technology, a very informative website... or... you can download the helpful list we've compiled of Radiological and Health Department Links by State to direct your search.
Once you have verified that your state requires lead lining, the next biggest determining factor is the placement of the system in relation to human exposure. Many states have strict laws if the system is used in a room that backs up to a waiting room, versus an outside wall or storage closet. As one could guess, the more public exposure, the more likely lead lining will be required. A quick call to the overseeing department in your state can answer your questions.
The type of procedures you will be performing is the final determining factor. Some states have exemptions for Flouro based radiology equipment. For example, if your C-Arm is always facing down toward the floor you probably will not need lining. But if that same C-Arm is used in a variety of positions, emitting beams on a wall, a different set of rules may apply.
The bottom line is that the quickest way to answer your questions is make a quick phone call to your state’s radiology health department. Download the list of Radiological and Health Department Links here. We have found them to be helpful and willing to point you in the right direction.
Of course, Block Imaging is here to help you navigate this lead lining mine field for any piece of imaging equipment you purchase from Block.
Meet the authors - Becka Bowden and Emily Collins