Technical and Professional Information

Lead Apron Inspections

WAC 246-225 requires operators of fluoroscopes and mobile X-ray units to wear leaded aprons. The rule does not require periodic checking of the leaded garments for cracks or flaws. The Office of Radiation Protection recommends using a visual check for cracks or flaws. Do not use radiography or fluoroscopy to check leaded garments. It is a waste of resources and a needless exposure risk.

Several accrediting organizations require periodic testing of leaded aprons in hospitals and clinics, but there are no specifications. It is only required that inspections are performed and documented. For suggested protocols regarding leaded apron checks, go to the Health Physics Society's Ask the Experts.

If you have any questions about testing lead aprons, contact one of our X-Ray inspectors.

Record Retention of X-Rays

Medical

Keep for a period of no less than 10 years following the most recent discharge of the patient; except the records of minors which should be kept for no less than 3 years following the age of 18 or 10 years following discharge; whichever is longer RCW 70.41.190.

Medical records for employees must be kept for as long as the employee works for you plus 30 years; unless the employee works for less than one year and you provide the records to the employee when they leave employment WAC 296-802-20005.

Dental

Keep for a period of 5 years WAC 246-817-310.

Chiropractic

Keep for 5 years WAC 246-808-650.

Podiatry

Keep for a minimum of 7 years after treatment is rendered WAC 246-922-260.

Veterinary

Keep for a minimum of 3 years after last treatment. WAC 246-933-320.

Record Retention Recommendation - Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors

CRCPD Committee on Medical Practice (H-3) recommends retention of records for a period of 7 years for adults, or for minors until the age of majority plus 7 years.