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Radiation health - Frequently asked questions - Radiation safety standards

This site provides an opportunity for clients to highlight issues or ask questions about the radiation safety standards. The questions and the response from Radiation Health will remain on the site for open viewing.

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Question 1.  HR001:2010 Diagnostic radiography equipment used for radiotherapy

Is radiation safety standard HR001:2010 applicable to plain film diagnostic radiography equipment used in radiotherapy treatment planning?

Radiation Health Response
Yes. Plain film diagnostic radiography is an imaging modality which may be used during radiotherapy treatment planning. The equipment used to perform plain film diagnostic radiography must comply with radiation safety standard HR001:2010. In addition, possession licensees should ensure any supplementary planning-associated quality assurance tests for their X-ray equipment are detailed in their radiation safety & protection plans.

Question 2.  HR002:2010 Radioscopy (fluoroscopy) equipment

Is there a radiation safety standard applicable to radioscopy equipment used in radiotherapy treatment planning?

Radiation Health Response
Yes. Radioscopy is an imaging modality which may be used during radiotherapy treatment planning. The equipment used to perform radioscopy must comply with radiation safety standard HR002:2010. In addition, possession licensees should ensure any supplementary planning-associated quality assurance tests for their X-ray equipment are detailed in their radiation safety and protection plans.

Question 3.  HR003:2010 Computed tomography equipment

Is radiation safety standard HR003: 2010 applicable to computed tomography X-ray equipment used in radiotherapy treatment planning?

Radiation Health Response
Yes. Computed tomography is an imaging modality which may be used during radiotherapy treatment planning.The equipment used to perform computed tomography must comply with radiation safety standard HR003:2010. In addition, possession licensees should ensure any supplementary planning - associated quality assurance tests for their X-ray equipment are detailed in their radiation safety & protection plans.

Question 4.  HR004:2010 Digital mammography

Could you please advise the radiation safety standard relevant to digital mammography X-ray units?

Radiation Health Response
There is currently no radiation safety standard applicable for radiation apparatus used for digital mammography. However, possession licensees with digital mammography X-ray units should ensure quality assurance tests, including system resolution tests equivalent to those specified in radiation safety standard HR004:2010, are detailed in their radiation safety and protection plans.

Question 5. Radiotherapy simulators

Is there a radiation safety standard applicable to radiation therapy simulators used for radiation therapy treatment planning?

Radiation Health Response
No. There is no radiation safety standard applicable for radiation therapy simulators used in radiation therapy treatment planning. However, possession licensees with simulators should ensure quality assurance tests for their simulators are detailed in their radiation safety & protection plans. These tests should be based on the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine - Position Paper: "Recommendations for the Safe Use of External Beams and Sealed Brachytherapy Sources in Radiation Oncology", Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine, Vol 20 No 3, Supplement Sept 1997.

Question 6.  PR100:2010 Certificate

When assessing and certifying a single room in which more than one type of radiation practice is being conducted, is an accredited person allowed to issue a single assessment report and compliance certificate covering all the different practice types?

Radiation Health Response
An accredited person may choose to issue a separate assessment report and compliance certificate for each of the practice types being conducted in the room. Alternatively, an accredited person may choose to issue a single assessment report and compliance certificate covering all of the practice types being conducted in the room.

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Last updated: 9 September 2011