Analytical X-ray equipment is used for X-ray diffraction analysis, fluorescence analysis, or direct X-ray transmission analysis of materials. These analytical x-ray systems are comprised of components that utilize X-rays to determine elemental composition, or to examine the microstructure of materials. These analytical x-ray devices are used for non-medical purposes. The primary objective of this program is to keep occupational exposures to radiation as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA) while utilizing these types of equipment. This safety program establishes UVa procedures for the safe operation of analytical X-ray equipment and the associated potential radiation hazards.
All analytical X-ray equipment must be inspected and registered with VDH. The Radiation Safety Office is authorized to perform these inspections and will maintain the registrations with VDH. Please contact us prior to purchasing analytical X-ray equipment so we can work with you in the proper set up, training, inspection and registration.
In order to use analytical x-ray equipment here at UVA, users must take radiation safety training, read the operator’s manual and be approved in writing by the x-ray device custodian.
The radiation safety training for analytical equipment is available here.
The radiation safety training for electron microscope equipment is available here.
The Medical Physics Support Group (in the University Medical Center) is responsible for the safe use of radiation producing equipment on humans. Information regarding this program may be accessed here.
The medical physics support group should be contacted to coordinate the following activities:
Regulations regarding the use of X-ray producing equipment are available here.