Managing the Safety of Medical Personnel During Radiological Procedures

Is it OK to have duty outpatient nurses perform radiological examinations?

Yes, if they are listed as medical radiation workers in a hospital, they have received advance radiation training, and their radiation exposure dose is managed.

The hospital must identify all medical personnel involved in medical care within radiation-controlled areas as medical radiation workers. That means they must be named in hospital notifications and receive the prescribed radiation training. To manage their exposure dose level, they must wear a real time dosimeter each time they work with radiation and keep a record of dose values. Doing so can save money by eliminating the expense of assigning a personal dosimeter to personnel that are only involved in radiation once or twice a month.