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49 Pa. Code § 5.53. Radiological procedures.

§ 5.53. Radiological procedures.

 (a)  A licensee may not perform radiological procedures on a patient unless the licensee determines clinical need.

 (b)  An offer or advertising of free x-rays to actual or potential patients shall be accompanied by a statement that x-rays will be given only when necessary or that to avoid needless health hazards associated with ionizing radiation no x-ray will be given unless there is a prior observable clinical need, or by a similar disclaimer.

 (c)  The licensee shall avoid split screen radiological techniques or other mechanisms which compensate for tissue thickness by altering the screens or the light emissions from the screens, such as the occluding of one of the screens of the cassette.

 (d)  A licensee may not perform radiological procedures on a pregnant patient unless the licensee determines that the patient’s symptoms are of such significance that the proper treatment of the patient might be jeopardized without the use of the radiological procedures.

 (e)  A licensee may not perform radiological procedures without the use of appropriate compensating filters, gonad shielding and collimation, except where the gonad shielding and collimation would exclude or obscure an area from examination which is clinically necessary for the licensee to examine.


   The provisions of this §  5.53 issued under section 302 of the Chiropractic Practice Act (63 P. S. §  625.302).


   The provisions of this §  5.53 adopted December 16, 1991, effective December 17, 1991, 21 Pa.B. 5944.

Cross References

   This section cited in 49 Pa. Code §  5.31 (relating to professional advertising).

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