Discover how to effectively maintain your Rad Room for optimal patient care
A Radiology Room is an essential tool for diagnostic imaging at healthcare facilities across the world. Radiography exams use X-Ray Machines to take images of different parts of the body such as the chest, foot, hand, or spine. The room features X-ray Machines and the equipment that helps them run.
Read more to learn the key components of a Radiology Room and how to maintain them to keep them running at peak performance, for longer.
Key Components of a Radiology Room: The Equipment
Power Generators: X-Ray machines require power to function, and there are generally three styles of generators: Standard frequency, High Frequency, and Stored Energy.
X-Ray Tubes: X-Ray tubes receive the high-frequency line power from the generator and create radiation waves by colliding electrons into a tungsten plate.
Collimators: The Collimator acts as a beam limiting device where the X-Ray technician adjusts the size of the window of radiation that the patient will receive to focus it on the appropriate areas and eliminate unnecessary exposure.
Tube Stands: The tube stand is located along the back wall of the X-Ray room and supports the Tube, Collimator, cables, and angle-o-miter.
Wall Stands: The wall stand is the vertical structure that holds the digital plate that receives the image in position while a patient stands up against while taking a chest X-Ray.
How to properly maintain your X-Ray Machines/ Radiology Rooms
Proper care and maintenance of your X-ray equipment will help protect your diagnostic imaging machines and help you achieve peak performance in your radiology room.
Preventative Maintenance: Help your equipment run better by giving careful attention to its parts. You should regularly inspect equipment to detect regular wear and tear. By monitoring wear and tear, you’ll avoid unexpected downtime. Perform maintenance in relation to the volume of use – units with heavy usage should be evaluated more often to account for wear and tear.
Check machine accessories and smaller components: Regularly check detectors and detector batteries. DR detectors are essential and can cause downtime if they are damaged. They’re sensitive and must be handled with care. They also have batteries that need to remain charged and be regularly rotated.
Use X-Ray Equipment Properly: Ensure staff is trained appropriately and knows the limitations of the equipment. When employees are trained in the proper use and care for the equipment, errors are reduced, and efficiency greatly is improved.
Maintain a Clean and Safe Environment for Diagnostic Imaging Equipment: Make sure the room is at the correct temperature and that the room is electrically equipped to run the machines.
Keeping Your Rad Room in Optimal Condition
Proper maintenance is key in keeping your radiology and X-ray rooms performing properly. By performing routine checkups, you can diagnose problem areas/ parts before they break, essentially eliminating downtime.
Have your machines regularly serviced and when you notice a part with heavy wear replace it proactively. If you need replacement parts for your X-Ray machines, contact us directly.
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