Vermont Portable X-ray Regulations

Dec 15, 2022 7:10:33 AM / by Chad Hutchison

In the state of Vermont, the Board of Medical Practice manages all licensing of personnel, and the Radiological Health Program oversees the registration and regulation of portable x-ray machines.

X-ray License in Vermont

The Vermont Board of Medical Practice is responsible for the licensure of healthcare practitioners. The cost is typically $50 per verification.

Registering an X-ray Device

The Radiological Health Program inspects radioactive materials and x-ray instrument use and security.

All facilities that have radiation-producing machines (including portable x-rays) must register their machines annually and notify the Health Department of any changes in ownership, address, or equipment. 

Regulations for Portable X-ray Equipment

Vermont Rad Health Rule 01.17.2018

  • A person who initiates acquisition, transfer or disposal of a portable device shall notify the Department within 15 days of the action. Sending a portable device for calibration, maintenance or source replacement does not constitute transfer. 
  • Portable devices may only be used by or under the direct supervision of individuals who have been instructed in the operating and emergency procedures necessary to ensure safe use. 
  • For each individual that the licensee permits to use a portable device, the licensee shall maintain a record showing the type of device use permitted and the basis, such as training certificates, for that authorization. An individual’s record shall be kept for at least 3 years after the individual terminates association with the licensee. 
  • Portable devices shall be secured from access by unauthorized personnel whenever the device is not under the direct surveillance of an individual authorized to use the device. 
  • The licensee shall maintain a current sign out log at the permanent storage location of the portable device. Log entries shall be available for inspection by the Department for 3 years from the date of entry. The following information shall be recorded for each portable device: 
  • Emergency instructions shall accompany each portable device taken off the premises of the licensee.
  • Mobile or portable radiation producing machines shall be physically secured to prevent tampering or removal by unauthorized personnel. 
  • To the extent practicable, portable X-ray tube heads shall be supported by a stand. 


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

Board of Radiologic Technology

Office of the Secretary of State 

26 Terrace Street, Drawer #09

Montpelier, VT 05609

(802) 828-2390

Vermont Secretary of State

Office of Professional Regulation

26 Terrace St., Drawer 9

Montpelier, Vermont 05609-1106

(802) 828-2390

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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.