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X-Ray Equipment & Accelerators

The Minnesota Department of Health has established rules for the registration and safe use of ionizing radiation sources, and because x-ray equipment and accelerators produce ionizing radiation the safety precautions and procedures are to be followed when these systems are used. The specific rules that apply to machine produced radiation are listed in the State of Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4730.

At the University of Minnesota, the Radiation Protection Division (RPD) of the Department of Environmental Health & Safety provides assistance to x-ray and accelerator operators to enable them to maintain compliance with State of Minnesota and University of Minnesota safety requirements. The RPD has developed radiation safety guides as a means of informing operators of the potential hazards associated with these systems and of the precautions and procedures that are to be followed to minimize these hazards.