Current through Register Vol. 61, No. 4, April 1, 2022
The registrant shall assure that individuals who will be operating the X-ray
equipment by physically positioning patients or animals, determining exposure
parameters, or applying radiation for diagnostic purposes shall have adequate
training in radiation safety.
safety training records shall be maintained by the registrant for each
individual who operates X-ray equipment. Records must be legible and meet the
requirements in OAR 333-120-0690
(b) When requested by the Authority,
radiation safety training records shall be made available.
Dental X-ray operators who
meet the following requirements are considered to have met the requirements in
section (1) of this rule:
licensed by the Oregon Board of Dentistry as a dentist or dental hygienist; or
(b) Is a dental assistant who is
certified by the Oregon Board of Dentistry in radiologic proficiency.
(c) Dental radiology students in
an approved Oregon Board of Dentistry dental radiology course are permitted to
take dental radiographs on human patients during their clinical training, under
the direct supervision of a dentist or dental hygienist currently licensed, or
a dental assistant who has been certified in radiologic proficiency by the
Oregon Board of Dentistry.
Veterinary X-ray operators who meet the
following requirements are considered to have met the requirements in section
(1) of this rule:
(a) Currently licensed by
the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board as a veterinarian or a certified
Veterinary students enrolled in a radiology course approved by the Oregon
Veterinary Medical Examining Board are permitted to take radiographs on animal
patients during their clinical training under the direct supervision of a
veterinarian or a certified veterinary technician who is currently licensed.
X-ray operators who meet the following requirements are considered to have met
the requirements of section (1) of this rule:
(a) Holds a current license from the Oregon
Board of Medical Imaging; or
Holds a current limited X-ray machine operator permit from the Oregon Board of
Medical Imaging; or
(c) Is a
student in an approved school of Radiologic Technology as defined in ORS
688.405 while practicing
Radiologic Technology under the direct supervision of a radiologist who is
currently licensed with the Oregon Medical Board or a radiologic technologist
who is licensed with the Oregon Board of Medical Imaging; or
(d) Is a student in an Oregon Board of
Medical Imaging approved limited permit program under a radiologic technologist
who is licensed by the Oregon Board of Medical Imaging.
(5) All other types of X-ray operators must
have completed an Authority approved radiation use and safety course.
At a minimum, an Authority
approved training course shall cover the following subjects:
Nature of X-rays:
(A) Interaction of X-rays with matter;
(B) Radiation units;
(C) X-ray production;
(D) Biological effects of X-rays; and
(E) Risks of radiation exposure.
Principles of the
(A) External structures and
(i) Anode; and
(C) Operation of an X-ray machine;
(D) Tube warm up;
Factors affecting X-ray emission:
(iii) Filtration; and
(iv) Voltage waveform.
Principles of radiation
(B) Types of personal protection equipment
and who must wear it;
(D) Time, distance, shielding;
(E) Operator safety;
(i) Types of dosimetry;
(ii) Proper placement of dosimetry; and
(iii) Situations that require
Occupational and non-occupational dose limits.
Factors affecting technique choice:
(i) Thickness of part;
(ii) Body composition;
(iii) Pathology; and
(iv) Film versus computed radiography (CR)
and digital radiography (DR).
(B) How to develop an accurate chart;
(C) Low dose techniques;
(D) Pediatric techniques (does not
apply to veterinary); and
(B) Chemical storage;
(C) Film storage; and
(D) Darkroom cleanliness.
(A) Automatic film processing;
(B) Dip tank film processing;
(C) Computed radiography (CR) processing; and
(D) Digital radiography (DR)
(A) Reading room conditions;
(B) Light box conditions;
(C) Image identification;
(E) Exposure indicators for CR and DR;
(F) Technical parameter
Veterinary X-ray use (for veterinary courses only):
(A) Types of animal restraints;
(B) Small animal versus large animal;
(C) Film holders; and
(D) Portable X-ray machine safety.
(i) Applicable federal and state
radiation regulations including those portions of chapter 333, divisions 100,
101, 103, 106, 111, 120, and 124.
In addition to the training outlined in
section (6) of this rule, medical X-ray equipment operators using diagnostic
radiographic equipment on human patients, and who are not regulated by the
Oregon Board of Medical Imaging, must have 100 hours or more of instruction in
radiologic technology including, but not limited to:
(a) Anatomy physiology, patient positioning,
exposure and technique; and
Appropriate types of X-ray examinations that the individual will be performing;
and in addition
(c) Receive 200
hours or more of X-ray laboratory instruction and practice in the actual use of
an energized X-ray unit, setting techniques and practicing positioning of the
appropriate diagnostic radiographic procedures that they intend to administer.
(8) All X-ray operators
shall be able to demonstrate competency in the safe use of the X-ray equipment
and associated X-ray procedures.
When required by the Authority,
applications training must be provided to the operator before use of X-ray
equipment on patients.
(a) Records of this
training must be maintained and made available to the Authority for inspection.
(b) The training may be in any
format such as hands-on training by a manufacturer's representative, video or
DVD instruction, or a training manual.
(10) X-ray equipment operators who have
received their radiation safety training outside of Oregon will be considered
to have met the training requirements in section (5) of this rule, if the
Authority's or applicable Oregon Licensing Board's evaluation of their training
or training and experience, reveals that they substantially meet the intent of
section (6) of this rule.
Or. Admin. R.
HD 4-1985, f. & ef.
3-20-85; HD 1-1991, f. & cert. ef. 1-8-91; HD 15-1994, f. & cert. ef.
5-6-94; HD 24-1994, f. & cert. ef. 9-6-94; PH 3-2003, f. & cert. ef.
3-27-03; PH 31-2004(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 10-8-04 thru 4-5-05; PH 36-2004,
f. & cert. ef. 12-1-04; PH 5-2005, f. & cert. ef. 4-11-05; PH 12-2006,
f. & cert. ef. 6-16-06; PH 14-2008, f. & cert. ef. 9-15-08; PH 20-2010,
f. & cert. ef. 9-1-10; PH 10-2011, f. 9-30-11, cert. ef. 10-1-11; PH
24-2014, f. & cert. ef. 8-15-14;
32-2014, f. 12-22-14, cert. ef.
19-2015, f. 9-30-15, cert. ef.
Stat. Auth.: ORS
Stats. Implemented: ORS