Author Archives: Elena Arroway

The Reality of Dental Radiation

Dental x-rays have always given patients such a small amount of radiation that its effects are considered almost an afterthought. Dentists and hygienists are taught the details and intricacies of radiation dose and its interactions with the human body, but the public’s knowledge is limited. To make it understandable, in practice, dental staff members often…

Proposed Changes to Colorado Radiation Regulations: Dentist Edition

First, the good news – the CDPHE will now defer to the Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners with regards to how Registered Dental Hygienists (RDH) can operate independently in ordering and interpreting x-rays. This is a hurdle that has been tough for a lot of RDHs operating their own facilities especially in more remote…

Proposed Changes to Colorado Radiation Regulations: Chiropractor Edition

The CDPHE has proposed several changes and additions to the x-ray regulations. Many of these changes directly affect chiropractors. From now until Aug 29th 2018 they are accepting feedback and I will be happy to pass along any comments you may have along with my own. I have gone through the proposed changes with a…

Proposed Changes to Colorado Radiation Regulations: Introduction

On 5/31/18, the CDPHE announced that there are proposed changes to the radiation regulations. This happens every couple of years, and many times the changes are just housecleaning and there are not any significant differences in the works. That is not the case this time. I had planned on laying out these changes for you…

Quality Control for CR and DR Systems: Interpretation of State Regulations

The Colorado regulations spell out three distinct types of areas of quality control (QC) for computed and digital radiography systems (CR and DR, respectively). The specific regulations can be found in sections 6.3.3.2 (3), 6.3.5.7, and 6.3.5.8 in the 6 CCR 1007-1 Part 06. Here’s a summary of the regulations that are relevant for most of…