South Dakota Portable X-ray Regulations

Dec 15, 2022 6:54:19 AM / by Chad Hutchison

The South Dakota Department of Health handles all registration and regulations for portable x-ray equipment in the state.

X-ray License in South Dakota

South Dakota does not license personnel. At a minimum, any individual who has 24 hours of orientation and training in the operation of radiation-producing equipment by a qualified instructor may operate any radiation-producing device. 

Dental radiographers must have a minimum of 16 hours of training.

Registering an X-ray Device

On the South Dakota Application for License of Radiation Machine (Ionizing), you must specify whether the application is for new registration, a renewal, or for a change of address, ownership, or other information.

Department of Health Inspections

According to the Administrative Rules of South Dakota, x-ray facilities must be surveyed by a state inspector every 3 years. With some minor preparation, this survey can be quite easy.

There are seven items that the inspectors will ask to see:

  1. 1. Film badge report
  2. 2. Technique chart
  3. 3. Darkroom/processor QA records
  4. 4. Patient records
  5. 5. Documentation of initial and continuing education
  6. 6. Documentation of annual evaluation of protective devices (Lead Aprons, Gloves, Gonadal Shields)
  7. 7. Annual survey physicist report for CT units, if applicable

Regulations for Portable X-ray Equipment

South Dakota Chapter 44:03:01, Radiation Control 

Portable machines must meet all of the regulations below:

44:03:01:08.02 Equipment standards for medical diagnostic X ray machines

44:03:01:08.07 Equipment standards for mobile X ray equipment

  • The exposure switch shall be located so the operator can stand at least six feet from the useful beam. If sufficient shielding is provided to protect the operator from stray radiation, the exposure switch may be located closer; and
  • Any mobile medical radiographic equipment shall have a spacer to limit the target-to-skin distance to at least 12 inches.

Source: 26 SDR 96, effective January 23, 2000, General Authority: SDCL 34-21-4.1, 34-21-15, Law Implemented: SDCL 34-21-4.1, 34-21-15.


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

South Dakota Board of Health

600 East Capitol Ave. 

Pierre, SD 57501-2536

(605) 773-6141

South Dakota Radiology License 

South Dakota Department of Health

600 E. Capitol

Pierre, South Dakota 57501-2536

(605) 773-3361

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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.