“How To” Instructions on Building-out a Radiation Room for X-Ray Equipment Installation
The very first step is deciding what type of equipment your practice needs and selecting a room that is appropriate for that equipment.
Chiropractors do not usually require Radiographic Tables, only a wall bucky, tube stand, and generator and therefore do not require as large of a room as other practices. The very smallest room that can be used is approximately 10’ X 11’.
Pediatricians and Orthopedics typically require the use of a Radiographic Table in addition to the usual wall bucky, tube stand, and generator. It’s recommended to have at least a 14’x16’ room for this equipment.
Once the equipment type is selected and a room has been assigned, the clinic or hospital must get a preliminary equipment layout sketch. Anode Imaging has experienced personnel on staff that can help advise you on what the best room design would be depending on what your practice requires and how your work-flow will be set-up. Consulting with industry professionals from the beginning will save valuable time and money throughout the project.
Whether you are remodeling an existing suite, or doing a complete tenant improvement build-out you will need to use the equipment layout sketch created by Anode Imaging for two purposes;
To give the medical physicist a floor plan of your intended radiology room for them to advise on what lead shielding will be needed at what locations.
To advise the contractors on the room’s wall, electrical, low voltage, etc. layout.
Often times architects/engineers/and electricians will suggest installing large and expensive electrical transformers, or overly expensive conduit chases. Since we are the equipment experts, we typically have work-arounds. This is one more reason to consult with Anode Imaging from the beginning of the project.
Before construction of the room can begin you must hire a medical physicist to provide a written description of what lead shielding is required on each wall, door, and window. Once this report is in your possession, it can be given to the contractor and priced out. Anode Imaging can help you with this process if you don’t already work with a state registered Physicist.
Once the room is completed your medical imaging equipment can be installed by Anode Imaging.
An FDA Form 2579 will be completed and sent into your state department as well and the FDA by Anode Imaging after the Radiation Room install is complete. A copy also gets delivered to you for your records.
After these steps have been taken you are ready to beginning using your new Radiation Room!
Select the correct equipment for your needs. (see X-Ray Buyers Guide)
Send Anode Imaging the preliminary floor-plan of X-Ray Room
Forward equipment layout drawing provided by Anode Imaging to Physicist for them to provide you with a Lead Shielding Report. (most states require this)
Forward equipment layout drawing provided by Anode Imaging and Lead Shielding Report to contractors for them to build from.
Begin registration process of new equipment with your State Health Department
Completion of Construction
Delivery of new X-Ray Equipment
Schedule Installation with Anode Imaging
Here are a few examples of how Radiation Room layouts can/should be done:
This is a great example of a smaller room without table. Good for Chiropractic, Pulmonary or any practice that only requires standing shots (no table). This 10’x9’ room is just about as small as you can get. This room worked because there were no windows, extra doors, columns, or other obstructions that would get in the way of the X-Ray equipment.
This is a beautiful 12’x18’ main X-Ray room that has a 4-way float table/Elevating table. This large size X-Ray room works great for practices such as Pediatrics, Internists, Orthopedics, Urgent Care, General Medical, Hospital and Freestanding ER’s.