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…

Monitoring Radiation Dose: Dosimeters and Monitoring Staff Radiation Dose

In Colorado, all facilities with x-ray equipment must have a radiation safety program. This often includes personal dosimetry badges for staff to wear. These devices are sometimes referred to as film badges, from a time when the dosimeters actually contained little pieces of x-ray film. These pieces of film would then be developed every few…

Radiation Exposure: Effects of Low-Level Radiation Exposure on the Human Body

It has been proven that high levels of radiation are bad for the human body. However, scientists are unsure whether low levels of radiation dosage are really harmful to us or not. Humans are exposed to low levels of radiation all the time, just by virtue of living on earth. We know that the human…