solutions, since the escaping fumes could damage the
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.
PRECIOUS METALS RECOVERY
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
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
Ensure all infection control procedures are
Figure 1-7.Lead lined container.