New Hampshire Portable X-ray Regulations

Dec 15, 2022 6:34:17 AM / by Chad Hutchison

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and The Office of Professional Licensure and Certification oversee the registration and licensing of portable x-ray equipment

X-ray License in New Hampshire

The Office of Professional Licensure and Certification, Advisory Board of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy controls the licensing for New Hampshire. The Board safeguards the life and health of New Hampshire citizens by ensuring the standardized training of limited x-ray machine operators, medical imaging professionals, and radiation therapists.

Initial License

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Registration fees can differ by the type of machine you have.

Registering an X-ray Device

The New Hampshire Radiological Health Section Radiation Machines Program is responsible for assessing, controlling and preventing exposure to radiation from tube-based sources

Regulations for Portable X-ray Equipment

Section He-P 4046.01 - General Requirements for All Diagnostic X-ray

Section He-P 4046.09 - Hand-held Dental Intraoral Machines

These requirements shall apply to the use of hand-held dental intraoral machines:

  • The registrant shall follow all applicable requirements set forth in the New Hampshire Rules for the Control of Radiation (NHRCR), as well as all manufacturers' requirements.
  • The machine shall be used only for dental diagnostic imaging.
  • The protective shielding shall not be removed or modified.
  • The registrant shall provide a copy of their operating, safety and security procedures to operators to prevent unauthorized or improper use.
  • The registrant shall prepare a quality assurance plan, with an emphasis on ensuring limited retaking of radiographs.
  • Operators of hand-held dental intraoral machines shall be specifically trained to operate such equipment, and the registrant shall provide proof of training for all operators.
  • When operating a hand-held dental intraoral machine, operators shall wear a lead apron as well as an extremity dosimeter on the hand closest to the protective shielding.
  • A hand-held dental intraoral machine shall be held without any motion during a patient examination. A tube stand or Rinn kit may be utilized to immobilize a hand-held dental intraoral radiographic unit during patient examination.
  • Operators of hand-held dental intraoral machines shall provide a secondary protective barrier for patients.
  • The operator shall ensure that there are no bystanders within a radius of at least 6 feet (2 meters), from the patient being examined with a hand-held intraoral machine.
  • Hand-held dental intraoral machines shall be used for patient examinations only in dental operatories that meet the structural shielding requirements specified by DHHS/RHS or by a qualified expert.
  • Hand-held dental intraoral machines shall not be used for patient examinations in hallways and waiting rooms.
  • For battery-powered units, visual means shall be provided on the control panel to indicate whether the battery is in a state of charge adequate for proper operation.

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

New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services

Radiological Health

29 Hazen Dr. 

Concord, NH 03301-4604

(603) 271-4588

Office of Professional Licensure & Certification

7 Eagle Square

Concord NH, 03301

(603) 271-2152

New Hampshire Radiology License Bureau of Radiological Health

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Community & Public Health

29 Hazen Drive

Concord, New Hampshire 03301-6527

(603) 271-4588

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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.