Alabama Portable X-ray Regulations

Dec 12, 2022 2:22:41 AM / by Chad Hutchison

The Office of Radiation Control is responsible for all licensing and regulations regarding portable x-ray machines. The office is comprised of 4 branches:

  • Emergency Planning & Environmental Monitoring
  • Radioactive Materials Compliance
  • Licensing & Registration
  • X-Ray Compliance

Although Alabama does not require a license to operate an x-ray machine in Alabama, there are still a lot of rules and regulations to follow. 

Radiation Control Chapter Rules

Registration of X-Ray Producing Machines (rule 420-3-26-.05)

This requires the registrations of all radiation machines capable of producing x-rays of less than or equal to 1.0 meV. Every person in possession of an x-ray-producing machine shall renew such registration at such times the agency deems necessary, with a form the Alabama State Board of Health provides. 

Radiation Safety, Instructions, and Training (rule 420-3-26-.06 and .10)

These regulations require that people who work around radioactive materials or x-ray machines must receive radiation safety training for whatever level is required to work safely while performing their duties. They must also be competent in the safe use of the equipment. 

Regulations for Portable X-ray Equipment


The exposure control switch must be a dead-man type and arranged so the operator can stand at least 6 feet from the patient and well away from the useful beam. 

Structural Shielding

When a mobile unit is used routinely in one location, it will be considered a fixed installation subject to different shielding requirements (see 420-3-26-.06(3)(d) and 420-3-26-.06(5)(b)). 

Operating Procedures

The target-to-skin distance shall not be less than 12 inches.

Disclaimer: The information in this document is solely for reference material. Regulations change often. To be sure of the most up-to-date laws, contact your local and state agencies.

Additional Resources

For more on the rules and regulations surrounding x-rays in Alabama, check out their Radiation Control FAQ section

Alabama Radiology License

Alabama Office of Radiation Control

RSA Tower

201 Monroe St., Suite 700

Montgomery, Alabama 36104

(334) 206-5391

Alabama Department of Public Health

Office of Radiation Control

PO Box 30317201 

Monroe St. 

Montgomery, AL 36130-3017

(334) 206-5391

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Chad Hutchison

Written by Chad Hutchison

Founder and CEO of Maven Imaging, Chad Hutchison has been in the medical imaging equipment market since 2003. As his business grew, he pioneered buying and selling medical equipment online and eventually began offering leasing and financing to meet market demands and help customers. His market expertise goes beyond traditional medical imaging and finance support, as he’s spearheading cloud-based lending solutions for vendors across the sector.