Everything you need to know to set up an x-ray room

May 20, 2022 2:05:53 PM / by Jennifer Hutchison

When it comes to x-ray rooms, compliance is key. The good news is that by following a few simple steps, you too can create a workable and compliant x-ray room for your practice.

Size of the x-ray room

First, you will need to choose the right location for the room. The x-ray room should be large enough to accommodate staff as well as the x-ray equipment. It's important to have enough space to accommodate all of the equipment that will be used, including a wall stand, tube stand, and lead-lined operator area.

When setting up a chiropractic x-ray room, it's important to make sure you have at least one 11-foot wall. This is because you'll need 3 feet for the operator area and 8 feet for the wall stand and tube stand when taking an x-ray at 72 SID.

If you don't have an 11-foot wall available, you can also use a portable x-ray unit with a special stand that will allow you to take x-rays at 72 SID. Either way, make sure you have enough space to take high quality x-rays that will help you diagnose and treat your patients effectively.

Urgent care x-ray rooms should be large enough to comfortably accommodate a table, which means a 12-foot by 14-foot room would be a good choice. In addition, the room should have good lighting and be free of any potential hazards. Once you've found a suitable size and location for your x-ray room, you'll need to make sure it's properly equipped. With the right space and equipment, you can provide quality x-rays for your patients in a timely manner.

Equipment room drawing

An equipment room drawing essentially outlines the orientation of the room, including where the x-ray equipment will be, and where the electrical needs to be installed. Once you choose the equipment you want, creating the equipment room drawing is the first thing to do so that we can make sure that all parties are aware of exactly how the room is going to be laid out.

Everyone from the physicists, the construction team, the cleaning contractor, the electrician, and the installer will know the orientation of the room and where everything needs to go to make sure that it's a smooth and a successful project.

Electrical components of the x-ray room

Next, you will need to ensure that all of the appropriate electrical components are in place. There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a generator for your x-ray machine.

The size of the generator you need will ultimately depend on the power requirements of your facility. A small 30 kw generator can usually handle the needs of a small home or office, while a larger 60 kw generator is better suited for a larger facility with higher volume. If you're not sure how much power you'll need, it's always best to consult with an experienced electrician or engineer who can help you determine the best size generator for your needs.

Lead-lining your x-ray room

You will need to buy lead shielding to lead-line your x-ray room and protect both staff members and patients from the potential health risks associated with x-rays.

If you're looking to set up an x-ray room, we recommend you follow our instructions for lead-lining an x-ray room which involves 3 stages:

  • Completion of the equipment room drawing and radiation shielding intake form
  • Getting the physicist’s report pre-installation
  • Installing lead shielding

If you are looking to build or upgrade an x-ray room, our team of experts is ready to help. We can help create your equipment room drawing, implement the lead requirements from your physicist’s report, and assist you throughout the installation process. We have a wealth of experience in and can provide you with all the support you need to ensure a successful installation. So get in touch with us today and let us help you create the perfect x-ray room for your needs.

How much lead do you need to shield an x-ray room?

Lead shielding is essential, but how much lead shielding is required? This is where a physicist's report comes in. A physicist will take into account factors such as the occupancy level in surrounding rooms and the material composition of the building in order to determine how much lead is needed. The physicist's report will also specify the lead thickness required for each part of the x-ray room. With this information in hand, you can be sure that your x-ray room is properly protected.

How to register your x-ray system

When you are ready to register your x-ray system for your new x-ray room, there are a few steps you need to follow.

Register an X-Ray machine in your state

First, check to see if your state has any specific registration requirements for x-ray systems. Registering your x-ray system simply means that you are providing the government with basic information about the device, such as its location and intended use.

X-ray system registration is important because it helps to ensure that the machine is being used safely and in accordance with state regulations. In some states, there’s no need to register anything. In other states, registration is a simple process. However, in other states, the process may be more complicated and may require different fees.

Register an x-ray machine with the FDA

You'll need to register your x-ray system with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Registering your x-ray system with the FDA is a crucial step in ensuring that your equipment is installed correctly and meets all safety standards.

To register your machine with the FDA, your x-ray equipment installer will need to fill out Form 2579 to ensure that your x-ray system is properly regulated and meets all safety standards.

Finally, once your x-ray system is registered, be sure to keep your registration information up to date in case there are any changes or updates. By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your x-ray machine is properly registered and compliant with all applicable regulations.

How do you finance a digital x-ray system?

When it comes to financing a digital x-ray system, there are a few different options available. The first thing you'll want to consider is your budget. How much can you afford to spend on the system upfront? This will help you narrow down your options. Then, think about what your business needs in a digital x-ray system and what features are most important to you.

You'll also want to consider how long you need the financing for. Some options may have shorter terms, while others may have longer terms. Interest rates and fees are another important consideration. Be sure to compare the total cost of the financing before making your decision. When it comes to business financing, one of the best ways to get favorable rates is to use other businesses as collateral. For example, if you're opening up a new practice but you already have an established practice, this can help you get more favorable rates.

It's important to shop around and compare rates so that you can get the best deal possible. Ultimately, the best way to get the best rates possible is to compare offers from multiple lenders and choose the one that offers the most favorable terms.

Financing options vary, so it's important to find one that best suits your needs. With a little research, you should be able to find a great option for your business.


By following the simple steps outlined in this blog post, you can create a safe and compliant x-ray room for your practice. If you have any questions or need help getting started, contact us. We’re here to help make your x-ray room workable and compliant with all of the necessary safety regulations.

Tags: Chiropractic Digital X-ray, X-ray Room Requirements, Digital X-ray System

Jennifer Hutchison

Written by Jennifer Hutchison

My goal is to provide my customers with the best equipment possible, at the best price possible, in order to see their business grow and thrive. I currently work hand in hand with doctors of Chiropractic all over the nation to put together custom equipment packages that meet their special needs. Each doctor has their own speciality technique, and by working directly with many of the groups such as NUCCA, Gonstead, CBP, Everest, Blair, KCUCS, and many other groups, I have built the knowledge and expertise to create custom x-ray equipment packages for their specific needs. Seeing my customers using the equipment I sold them in order to heal and help people all over the nation is the true happiness I get from my career. - 9 Years experience in medical device and equipment sales -12 Years experience in Medical Imaging Field - Sales expert for x-ray and digital x-ray equipment nationwide - Work with over 25 different manufacturers and vendors - Strong accounting, finance, and account management background - Upper Cervical X-Ray Sales Specialist