X-Spect Medical Physics Services
We provide Medical Physics services for Dental & GP practices, Private Hospitals, Veterinary practices and educational establishments in Ireland. All work is supervised by a registered Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA). We also provide RPA services for Industrial Radiography.

Friday, June 3, 2011

New License Conditions Regarding Maintenance in Dental Radiography

The RPII issued a circular in June 2011, noting that annual maintenance of Dental Radiography Equipment is no longer mandatory. The new requirement is that "the licensed items shall be maintained in good working condition and any defects in its performance or in its safe use shall be corrected as soon possible by a suitably qualified and competent person". All irradiating apparatus continues to be subject to a biennial quality assurance assessment undertaken by the appointed RPA.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Use of Lead Aprons in Dental Radiography

The RPII issued new guidelines on the Use of Lead Aprons in Dentistry which replace guidelines on lead aprons in the Code of Practice for radiological protection in Dentistry . The RPII now only require a dental practice to have a lead apron where the practice undertakes exposures that require staff to hold patients for the duration of the exposure. Staff taking exposures (even if pregnant) are not required to wear lead aprons once they maintain an appropriate distance during exposures or are protected by structural shielding. Thyroid Shields are recommended for patients in certain circumstances. For further advice, contact your RPA.