solutions, since the escaping fumes could damage the film.
Because the unprocessed film is sensitive to X-rays, it must be stored in lead lined containers, as shown in figure 1-7 in the open and closed position. Remove only one film at a time from the lead film dispenser, make the exposure, and place the film in a clean paper cup or disposable container. Place the cup or disposable container in a lead container or behind a protective screen before making the next exposure. Repeat this procedure for each exposure. Maintain a minimum stock of film, and use the oldest film first so the stock is always fresh.
The precious metals recovery program is designated to save Department of Defense (DOD) money by recycling precious metals and using those funds to offset the cost of supplies for DOD activities. Both silver and lead are precious metals that are found in the X-ray department. The silver is found in used fixer solutions and on dental films. The lead is found in X-ray packets. These precious metals should be saved and turned into the supply department following the guidelines in BUMEDINST 4010.3, "Precious Metals Recovery Program."
To protect yourself and the patient from diseases, perform the handwashing and gloving procedures covered in Dental Technician, Volume 1, chapter 9, "Infection Control ."
To properly prepare a patient for an X-ray procedure, you should employ the following techniques:
Ensure all infection control procedures are followed.
Figure 1-7. - Lead lined container.Continue Reading