Washington Portable X-ray Regulations

Dec 15, 2022 7:13:47 AM / by Chad Hutchison

The Washington State Department of Health oversees x-ray regulation in the state. This includes licensing and registration of equipment. 

X-ray License in Washington

State laws require the operator of any portable x-ray device to be licensed in the state. For more information on the application process and to apply online or by mail, consult the Radiologic Technologist Licensing Information page.

Registering an X-ray Device

All X-ray machines must be registered with the Washington State Department of Revenue. You can register and pay fees online at the Business Licensing Service page.

Handheld devices that are used in the dental field are approved by the state on a case-by-case basis. If not approved, units must be tested to ensure compliance with WAC 246-225A and to determine if any other requirements must be met.

Regulations for Portable X-ray Equipment

There is not much in the Administrative Code in Washington that has been written to specifically address “portable” or “mobile” devices. Here is the basic regulation:

WAC 246-225-020 - General requirements—Administrative controls

  • Portable or mobile X-ray equipment shall be used only for examinations where it is impractical to transfer the patient(s) to a stationary X-ray installation.

To perform your own research, check out the entire 246-220 - 246-254 of Title 246 WAC.

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

Department of Health, Health Professions Section 5

Radiologic Technologist and X-Ray Technician Programs 

310 Israel Road SE

Tumwater, WA 98501 

PO Box 47866

Olympia, WA 98504-7866 

(360) 236-4941, fax: (360) 236-2406 

Washington Radiology License

Washington State Dept of Health

310 Israel Road SE

Tumwater, WA 98501

(360) 236-4700

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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.