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X-Ray Inspection Services

The Guidance Notes for Dental Practitioners on the Safe Use of X-Ray equipment states that "It is recommended that routine tests normally be carried out every 3 years". The Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999 (IRR99) states that X-Ray equipment "be properly maintained so that it remains fit for the purpose for which it was intended" and "be adequately tested and examined at appropriate intervals".

Calendar Orange How often do I need my X-Ray equipment inspecting?

The majority of manufacturers recommend you have an annual electro-mechanical inspection.

For radiological checks, a test should be undertaken at least once every 3 years. You may find, however, that it is more convenient for you to have DBG carry out this type of testing along with the annual electro-mechanical test.

Clock Orange How long will an X-Ray inspection take?

Our inspection usually takes 45 minutes for an intra-oral X-Ray set and an hour and a half for a panoramic X-Ray set.

Pound Orange How much do you charge?

For intra-oral and panoramic X-Ray sets, the price of an inspection is £91 per X-Ray unit. 

Panoramic x-ray inspection with or without a ceph is £220 member price and will take 1 hour 30mins to 2 hours (if with a ceph).

Person Orange What will our engineer actually do during the inspection?

  • Ensure the X-Ray set is switched off
  • Review the paperwork from the previous visit(s) and make a note of any concerns noted which have not been addressed. If they have not been addressed, ensure they are noted and brought to your attention before the test continues
  • Check serial number of the X-Ray tube head
  • Mark down the operating potential [kV], tube current [mA] and filtration values from the tube head
  • Check the stability of the X-Ray mount
  • Check for any damage to the tube head
  • Check the electrical and mechanical safety of the machine and grade its condition 1-5
  • Check the condition of the X-Ray exposure control
  • In the case of an intra-oral X-Ray set, check the condition and operation of the counter-balanced arm and fittings
  • In the case of a panoramic X-Ray set, check the rotational movement of the X-Ray tubehead and the fitting
  • Switch on the X-Ray set
  • Check the operation of the dead man switch and/or emergency stops
  • Complete the required numbers of exposures and record the results (patient entrance dose [mGy], kV, exposure time, filtration)
  • Check the consistency of the radiation output
  • Complete ‘Radiological Inspection’ paperwork, accurately completing all fields
  • Photograph the X-Ray equipment as a record of any concerns noted on your paperwork
  • Highlight any discrepancies to you in relation to the operation of the X-Ray equipment
  • Ensure that the exposure settings are as found on arrival
  • Switch the X-Ray set off
  • If you have DBG Membership and/or are a member of DBG’s Radiation Protection Consultancy, the results will be sent to DBG’s RPA/MPE for review and, for the routine performance testing, a brief formal report will then be issued to the practice.
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