Answer to Question #10971 Submitted to "Ask the Experts"

Category: Medical and Dental Equipment/Shielding — Equipment

The following question was answered by an expert in the appropriate field:


I work for a small health center. We are considering removing our x-ray equipment and repurposing the space for mental health services. I understand what we need to do to remove the equipment. Will we need to remove the lead shielding in the walls as well?


We have seen other facilities remove x-ray equipment and use the room for other purposes (not x ray) while leaving the lead drywall in place. However, I recommend that you contact the radiation control office for the state that you are in to see if they have any particular requirements or recommendations.

Kennith Lovins, CHP

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