Sutter Health Medical Physics Center provides comprehensive diagnostic medical radiation physics services to over 200 hospitals, clinics and imaging centers throughout Northern and Central California.
A vendor cannot register X-ray equipment for another organization. The owner must send a completed Radiation Machine Registration Form (PDF) to the California Radiologic Health Branch within 30 days of acquiring an X-ray machine.
Yes. Within 30 days of any change of name, address, or the installation, receipt, sale, transfer, disposal or discontinuance of use of any X-ray machine, the owner must notify the California Radiologic Health Branch by sending a revised Radiation Machine Registration Form (PDF).
The surveys determine if the X-ray machines satisfy regulatory performance requirements. Annual surveys are required by the Department of Public Health's Radiologic Health Branch.
No. The organization requesting the survey of its equipment keeps the physics report on file at its facility for review by the Department of Public Health's Radiologic Health Branch.
At this time, MRI testing is not required by the State of California. However, some insurance companies will not reimburse unless the MRI unit is accredited (such as the American College of Radiology (ACR), etc). If the unit is accredited, it must be subjected to initial and annual physics surveys.
For most units the following approximate timelines apply:
In general, all records should be kept for 3 to 5 years so that regulatory inspectors can review them.
Prior to a medical physicist visit, complete all quality control documentation. Keep it organized and available for inspection. If the documentation is missing or incomplete, it may be viewed as not having been done.
It is also important to be available to answer the medical physicist’s questions during the visit pertaining to QC & log books. This is important for Mammography, Fluoro and ACR testing of CT & MRI scanners.
They may want a Certification of Radiation Protection report done by a Physicist on new equipment being put into use.
Check-ups, screenings and sick visits for adults and children.
Expertise and advanced technologies in all areas of medicine.
For serious accidents, injuries and conditions that require immediate medical care.
After-hours, weekend and holiday services.
Convenient walk-in care clinics for your non-urgent health needs.