Preferably work in pairs with one radiographer to facilitate contact/non-contact technique
Introduce yourself and colleague by name and explain what you are about to do
Get consent for the examination if that is possible
For supine radiography cover the X-ray couch with disposable paper.
For imaging that requires the detector/cassette to be in contact with the patient, such as mobile radiography, insert the image receptor with a disposable plastic cover
Remove any radiopaque objects in the region of interest from the patient
Patient and image receptor positioned – for mobile radiography the DDR/CR detector placed under the thorax for CXR.
Contact radiographer undertaking imaging in the department stands in the radiation protected area – without touching anything
Contact radiographer undertaking mobile radiography stands outside the controlled area without physical contact with the team or any objects
Ensure correct anatomical marker in beam
Image acquisition/exposure made by non-contact radiographer, ensuring the principles of justification, optimization, radiation dose limitation as well as the radiographer’s/Radiologic Technologist’s Ethical Code and RG/RT Professional Rights at all times
Image checked and if optimum image quality send to PACS
Remove gloves and dispose of them in the clinical waste bin (yellow hazardous-contaminated waste) in accordance with the regulation of your Hospital Waste Management Committee. (HWMC)
Remember, when exiting the X-ray room (contaminated area) or Ward bed location clothing may be contaminated.
Don't take off mask!
Disinfect hands with an hand sanitizer before you enter the console area (clean area) i.e. before touching the keyboard and mouse, the control console, and the injector.