Radiation Protection authority launches quality control code
To curb excessive exposure to radiation, the National Radiation Protection Authority has introduced an optimum manual for x-ray service providers.
The code is however only based on suggestions made to guide users on how to best use machinery that expose to radiation. Overexposure to radiation can lead to the induction of cancer.
Officiating the launch, Director of the radiation protection authority, Axel Tibinyane said it is important for health practitioners who make use of x-ray machinery to keep at pace with the current technology, while ensuring that potential health risks are minimised.
“Quality imaging depends on; if the exposure is justified based on sound clinical reasons; the diagnostic procedure is done by a qualified or competent person; the equipment is functioning optimally and if the inter-related processes or protocols that connects the clinician, operator and equipment are clearly defined and understood” he said.
He said that much of the responsibility with regard to quality imaging lies with the respective facilities. Tibinyane describes the document as a collective effort between the radiation protection authority and the industry at large.
“I see these as standard settings and guiding tools to facilitate the very same objective in patient care- quality imaging for clinical intervention.
“These tools are in place and I would not like to see us having to go to the extent of enforcing them, but rather that each one understands the purpose of these tools and make every effort to comply with them. We are mindful the laws and regulations often provide fundamental requirements and can be open to different interpretation” he said.
The launching of the code was not triggered by cases of radiation exposure, but was seen as a gap that needs to be filled, said Mr. John Eiman, Deputy Director of the radiation protection authority. Eiman stressed that if the occasion calls for it, they will be forced to close such services at facilities who do not comply with the benchmarks. He made assurance that if facilities comply with the code, they will be stepping away from risky ground.