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New units in Maharashtra, Odisha to monitor diagnostic x-ray

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Atomic Energy Regulatory BoardThis will increase the number of states to 10 in the country where Directorate of Radiation Safety (DRS) will be set up

Mumbai: The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), the national regulatory body for enforcement of radiological safety regulations, will set up units in Maharashtra and Odisha to strengthen the regulatory control on medical diagnostic x-ray facilities in the two states.

This will increase the number of states to 10 in the country where Directorate of Radiation Safety (DRS) have been set to keep check on the medical diagnostic x-ray procedures. The AERB conducts safety review and assessments of these machines.

There are around 50,000 diagnostic radiology facilities utilizing x-rays all over the country and a large number of patients undergo diagnostic procedures every year.

“These units, if not designed or operated properly, may lead to unwanted radiation exposure to the patients as well as the operators,” an AERB official said.

The other states where DRS will be set up are: Kerala, Mizoram, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, and now Maharashtra and Odisha.

While the DRS in Kerala and Mizoram have already become functional, the AERB is in the process of setting up similar facility and signing agreements with Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

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