[ RadSafe ] Hospital workers subjected to excessive radiation, lawsuits claim

Ted de Castro tdc at xrayted.com
Tue Jan 21 12:50:40 CST 2014

Having done several shielding calculations for CT installations here in 
CA - I know I got prints, projected workloads, looked over the site, 
provided the calculations/report, inspected the construction when the 
lead was still visible and did a survey/report when all was done - all 
this as a consultant.  I understood this was all REQUIRED before they 
would be allowed to operate.

I have also surveyed enough CT facilities INSIDE the room to know that 
the exposures do NOT warrant the injury claims.  (Highest level at the 
head end and thickest shielding usually in the corner of the room they 
tuck the head end into.)

In any event - if these were x-ray techs - where were their dosimetry 
badges?  Or was that just another of those pesky requirements they 
conveniently chose not to observe??

On 1/21/2014 10:23 AM, Clayton J Bradt wrote:
> We have to hear from the State of Tennessee radiation control program. They
> are responsible for the safety of x-ray installations in their state. It is
> hard to believe that this site was registered without a radiation survey by
> the installers  having been performed and approved.  Nor is it
> understandable how such a situation would not have been uncovered during
> routine compliance inspections.  CT units generally receive a high priority
> for inspections. Finally, acceptance testing by the medical physics staff
> should have revealed any shielding problems.   None of this makes any
> sense.
> Clayton J. Bradt
> Principal Radiophysicist
> NYS Dept. of Health
> 518-474-1993
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