10A NCAC 13B .6210      IMAGING SERVICES

Imaging services include fluoroscopy, radiography, mammography, computerized tomography scanning, position emission tomography, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, angiography, cardiac catheterization and other similar techniques.

(1)           Radiology services are required for all facilities and shall contain the following:

(a)           Radiographic and fluoroscopic rooms;

(b)           Film processing equipment;

(c)           Administration and viewing areas;

(d)           Provisions for film storage;

(e)           Toilet room with hand washing facilities directly accessible to each fluoroscopy and radiography room where gastrointestinal or genitourinary system procedures are performed;

(f)            Dressing area with immediate access to toilets;

(g)           Waiting room or alcove for patients;

(h)           Holding area for stretcher patients out of corridor width; and

(i)            A shielded control alcove with a view window for full view of patient.

(2)           Angiography or cardiac catheterization services are not required for licensure; however, when either service is offered, the following shall be provided:

(a)           Procedure room sized to accommodate and service the equipment purchased but having a minimum area of 400 square feet;

(b)           A control room with a view window that permits a full view of the patient;

(c)           A designated radiographic view area having a minimum length of 10 feet (3.05 meters);

(d)           Scrub sink outside staff entrance to the procedure room;

(e)           Patient holding area large enough to accommodate two stretchers out of the corridor width;

(f)            Storage area for portable equipment and supplies out of the corridor width; and

(g)           Post procedure observation area for patients.

(3)           Computerized Tomography (CT) Scanning or positron emission tomography service is not required for licensure; however, when either service is offered, the following shall be provided:

(a)           Procedure room sized to accommodate and service the equipment purchased;

(b)           Control room with a view window to permit full view of the patient;

(c)           Film processing area adjacent to the control room;

(d)           Patient toilet with hand washing facilities, located within 50 feet of the procedure room door; accessible to the procedure room located to permit the patient to exit the toilet without reentering the procedure room;

(e)           At least one emergency light located in the procedure room; and

(f)            Hand washing sink within the procedure room.

(4)           Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) service is not required for licensure; however, when this service is offered, the following shall be provided:

(a)           Procedure and support rooms sized to accommodate and service the equipment purchased;

(b)           A control room with full view of the patient and MRI unit and having a minimum area of 100 square feet;

(c)           A patient holding area located near the MRI unit and large enough to accommodate stretchers out of the corridor width;

(d)           Patient toilet with hand washing facilities, located within 50 feet of the procedure room door;

(e)           At least one emergency light located in the procedure room; and

(f)            Hand washing sink adjacent to the entrance to the procedure room.

(5)           Design and performance specifications related to the radiation shielding of imaging rooms shall be furnished by a qualified physicist approved by the Radiation Protection Division of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 131E-79;

Eff. January 1, 1996.