Radiation Protection Update Questions and Answers
What are the regulations regarding continuing
education in radiology?
25. Pa Code, Section 221.11(b),
requires that any individual who operates an X-ray machine must maintain
continuing education in radiation safety, biological effects of radiation,
quality assurance and quality control.
Who is subject to these
Any individual who operates an X-ray machine is
subject to the regulations.
How many credits of radiology continuing
education do I need, and how often do I need to take
The regulations offer no minimum standard on how many,
or how often, continuing education credits in radiology must be
obtained. However, in order to demonstrate compliance with the law, individuals
must complete continuing education that covers all required subject areas
(radiation safety, biological effects, quality assurance and quality
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recommends that individuals
obtain two contact hours, or four hours, of continuing education every four
years. By meeting this standard set by DEP, individuals can be confident that
they are in full compliance with the law. However, there are many other ways,
all of which could take a different length of time to complete, that demonstrate
compliance with the regulations.
“Contact hours” are defined by DEP as those obtained in a traditional
Do I need to have “proof” of this
Yes. You will need to maintain a record of any continuing
education that is obtained. When DEP inspectors come to your offices to inspect
your X-ray machines, they may ask to see these records.
What will happen if I do not obtain CE credits in
Any person who chooses not to be compliant with
the radiology continuing education requirements listed in Pa. Code 25 may be
subject to civil and criminal penalties listed within the act.
What continuing education resources are available
The Pennsylvania Dental Association has created an
online continuing education course, available exclusively for PDA members and
their staff. The course is worth two credits for those who successfully complete
a short quiz after reviewing the online course. Take the course now.
You also may visit the continuing education section of this site, or visit the Pennsylvania Academy of General
Dentistry website for
information on available courses.
If you are a dentist who is not currently a PDA member, but would like to consider membership, please contact
the PDA Central Office at (717) 234-5941.