Radiation Monitoring and Safety

Do X-rays pose any danger?

X-rays can be dangerous if used improperly. The risk is significantly lowered when you use ionizing radiation in a safe and cautious manner. It is your responsibility to ensure that patients, coworkers and you are protected from radiation as much as possible. The Department of Radiologic Technology at the University of Saint Francis stresses the use of time, distance and shielding to accomplish low levels of radiation exposure. This means we minimize the time spent in the X-ray field, maximize our distance and use shielding whenever possible.

Why do radiologic technologists wear lead aprons?

If you have been to a hospital and witnessed radiographers at work, you will often see them wearing lead aprons or gloves. Simple guidelines such as wearing these protective devices protect radiology personnel from receiving any unnecessary exposure to radiation.

How will my radiation dose be monitored?

To help ensure that all Radiologic Technology students enrolled in the clinical portion of the program are learning in a safe working environment, the amount of radiation received is monitored. You will be issued a radiation dosimeter badge. You are required to pay for the radiation monitoring badge and payment is included in Radiologic Technology course fees.

The Department of Radiologic Technology’s student radiation exposure guidelines are in accordance with the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP). The NCRP states, “The primary goal is to keep radiation exposure of the individual well below a level at which adverse effects are likely to be observed during his lifetime. Another objective is to minimize the incidence of genetic effects.” The department has guidelines and policies in place to ensure that every effort is being made to keep your dose of radiation at the lowest level possible.