View Full Version : X - Ray Rooms

north star
February 17th, 2011, 23:17
* * * *
Does anyone on here have any experience with construction
of X-Ray Rooms?

I have an existing, small medical clinic and they are wanting to
install an X-Ray machine in to one of their rooms.....Two doors
in to the room, ...room is approx. 12-15 ft. x 12-15 ft.

A contractor has asked me about installing lead in the walls /
doors, etc....What about using 2 layers of 5/8" gyp. board.


* * * *

mark handler
February 17th, 2011, 23:42
Depends on rads, how powerfull is the xray machine.
What is the wall construction?
Get the Manuf instal instructions.

north star
February 18th, 2011, 00:10
& & & &

I do not currently have any info on the type & size of
planned equipment....The contractor is telling me that
the current wall construction is wood framed studs
with " XXX " layers of " XXX " thickness gyp. board.

I asked the contractor to obtain some more info
from the medical office liaison, on the equipment.

Not much to go on I know...

& & & &

mark handler
February 18th, 2011, 00:20
No shielding systems should be undertaken without consulting a qualified radiation consultant or certified radiation physicist.

February 18th, 2011, 00:32
It maybe a state or federal requirement

Have seen it before and yes it seems to depend on the machine used



February 18th, 2011, 09:39
Had one go in recently......sheets of drywall with lead on the back. Every drywall screw was covered with a round piece of lead made for that purpose. And the door......made special with a lead insert. Then they figured out they needed more lead so as not to zap someone walking down a corridor adjacent to the x-ray room. As far as i know....
No innocent bystander has started glowing.

February 18th, 2011, 09:58
I had a new construction that included stainless steel rebar in the slab under where the xray room was.
They need to supply the MII's and all that other stuff.

sorry north star, I don't know if you are a RDP working for the client or not . . . assuming not, they need to get one.

February 18th, 2011, 10:08
I have done one, but not from the code or planning side....kinda like daywalker said, lead drywall, 800# lead doors, etc...not a fun day hanging....don't know exactly where the requirements come from....but they shouldn't be that hard to find....Public health maybe? Good luck!

north star
February 18th, 2011, 11:20
+ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - +

Thanks to everyone for the reponses!......I had no idea that there was
as much design considerations as there are.....Very enlightening!


No, I am not an RDP!.....I am but a lowly bldg. inspector / plans
examiner asking questions. 8-)

+ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - +

February 18th, 2011, 11:53
in colorado an X-ray shielding analysis is performed according to the requirements of colo. dept. of health.
based on workload, occupancy rates,use factors, and typical x-ray tube output performance.
at plan review this is a requirement i place squarely on the designer.

February 18th, 2011, 17:31
Lead lined drywall.


Outlet boxes.


Fun project. Get all the info on the plans first as it beats killing the contractor in the field.