Radiation Protection Rule

Computed Tomography (CT) delivers high quality imaging that is of significant benefit to patients; therefore, it represents one of the most important tools for diagnostic medical imaging. This proposed rule seeks to ensure high quality CT imaging that is appropriate with respect to professional bodies such as the American College of Radiology's (ACR) recommendations, and it is compatible with the Food and Drug Administration's Code of Federal Regulations found in 21 CFR. Currently, the applicable provisions in the rules at 10A NCAC 15, Radiation Protection, are not specific to the use of CT equipment. Determining which rules apply to the use of CT is difficult for registrants and regulators. Problems that have been observed with CT scans in the past several years reflect a lack of quality assurance (QA) and/or a lack of administrative controls. The proposed rule will implement QA and training requirements that are already being employed by many facilities in North Carolina as well as simplify compliance with regulations, and reduce the hazards associated with the use of CT x-ray machines whether the facility is accredited or not.