Illinois Portable X-ray Regulations

Dec 12, 2022 3:17:53 AM / by Chad Hutchison

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) oversees all regulations regarding portable x-rays. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) oversees the licensing to operate x-ray machines through the Division of Research Safety (DRS).

X-ray License in Illinois

The IEMA runs the program for Accreditation in Medical Radiography. The cost is $120, plus a 2.25% convenience fee. Here is the Application for Initial Accreditation

Registering an X-ray Device

The Illinois Administrative Code Section 320.10 covers the registration of all x-ray devices and states:

“Any operator of a radiation installation shall register that radiation installation with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (Agency). The operator shall register the installation, before the installation is placed in operation, on a form prescribed by the Agency.”

This can be done through the IEMA. 

Regulations for Portable X-ray Equipment

Regulations for portable x-ray machines in Illinois are also tied into Medicare for Illinois. The rules state that any diagnostic mobile x-ray tests (including those at home) must be under the supervision of a physician. The residence used can include a hospital or nursing home, but it cannot provide these services itself (i.e., an x-ray cannot be located in the same building). To be certified as a portable X-ray supplier, the mobile system cannot be fixed at one location or permanently stored.

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

Illinois Radiology License

Illinois Emergency Management Agency

Division of Nuclear Safety

1035 Outer Park Drive

Springfield, Illinois 62704

(217) 785-9900

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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.