X-ray Safety Tests

3 types of X-ray testing

Critical Examination
The Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR17) define the need for critical examination testing which is needed on installation and following any major maintenance procedure that might affect the output of the set. It is the responsibility of the installer of the set. It is designed to show that the set is electrically, mechanically and radiologically safe, and that the environment that the set has been installed in is safe for the operator and other personnel working at the practice.
Acceptance Test
The acceptance test confirms that the set the practice has purchased, operates to manufacturers specifications, and measures patient radiation doses to demonstrate compliance the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017 (IRMER17). Although technically it is the responsibility of the practice, in almost all cases the critical examination and acceptance test are rolled into one test and done by the installer.
Routine Testing (often called a QA Test)
For fixed intra-oral sets, panoramic sets, and CBCT sets where the practice has purchased (and uses) the manufacturer’s QA test object monthly to carry out constancy tests, only require external testing to be performed at least once every three years. However, for hand-held sets and CBCT sets where the practice has not purchased or does not use the manufacturer’s QA test object, require routine external testing annually.
Full certification will be provided on successful completion of test.

Abacus test your devices in accordance with the requirements of Regulation 32 (2) of The Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017.

RMER17 doesn’t specify testing frequencies. The information above comes from the Dental Guidance Notes 2020, which are regarded as best practice and would be expected to be followed by CQC/HIA/HIW/RQIA inspectors.

Radiation Safety Assessments

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