Preventative Maintenance Tips for Radiography Equipment
Ever since Rontogen discovered X-rays in 1895, radiography has become one of the most important and frequently used diagnostic tools for the medical industry. For this reason, it is important to keep radiography equipment in excellent condition.
Tue Sep 11 2012
Ever since Wilhelm Rontogen discovered X-rays in 1895, radiography has become one of the most important and frequently used diagnostic tools for the medical industry. For this reason, it is important for facilities to keep their radiography equipment in excellent condition.
Though, each manufacturer has specifics regarding quality control and preventative maintenance procedures, here are a few tips from the Minnesota Department of Health that can be employed to your QC and PM schedules to avoid equipment failing or breakdowns.
- Visual inspection of the mechanical and electrical characteristics of the x-ray system covering such things as:
- Checking conditions of cables,
- Watching the tomographic unit for smoothness of motion,
- Assuring cleanliness with respect to spilling of contaminants in the examination room or the darkroom,
- Listening for unusual noises in the moving parts of the system
- Following the manufacturer’s recommended procedures for cleaning and maintenance of the equipment, and
- Regular inspection and replacement of switches and parts that routinely wear out or fail should be performed.
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