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Radiology Equipment Monitoring in Federal Prisons

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has recently awarded a contract to NC Testing Services of Carrboro, NC for radiological equipment safety surveys and radiology monitoring services for its current institutions.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons provides healthcare to inmates in 121 institutions geographically dispersed throughout the contiguous United States, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Each facility has one, or more, x-ray units, typically a minimum of one medical radiology unit and one dental radiology unit.

All institutions are currently using Digital Radiography equipment. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires all x-ray units in use to be monitored in accordance with the most current FDA Compliance Program.

The contract provides for radiological equipment safety surveys and radiation use evaluations for all medical and dental facilities utilizing diagnostic radiography equipment and operation procedures. This includes biennial on–site inspection and certification of all medical and dental x-ray equipment including calibration, adjustment, and mechanical checks for proper operation of clinical equipment with documentation of inspections to be provided as required by law.

The contractor will be required to monitor for conformance with existing FDA and EPA policy on radiation protection. All inspections are to be conducted according to FDA and EPA guidelines for diagnostic radiography equipment on Federal property.

The contract is valued at $608,427.

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