X-ray machine operators and technologists
I am a licensed radiologic technologist through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
Do I need a Colorado License or registration?
No - Colorado is a non-licensure state. Separate licensure or registration for X-ray technologists who are nationally certified or registered with American Registry of Radiologic Technologists or Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board is not required.
Additional certifications in CT or mammography specialties through American Registry of Radiologic Technologists or Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board as specified in Section 2.4.5 of Part 2 of the regulations is required to be an operator but registration with Colorado is not required for these sub-specialties.
I am already a registered limited scope operator – how do I renew my registration?
R-90 renewal application form: Complete and submit at least 30 days prior to expiration along with evidence of continuing education credits and the $60 fee. Make your check payable to CDPHE.
The limited scope operator registration is issued for 2 years, and then must be renewed.
I am already a registered bone density operator – how do I renew my registration?
R-82 application for renewal form: Complete and submit at least 30 days prior to expiration along with evidence of continuing education credits and the $60 fee. Make your check payable to CDPHE.
The bone density operator registration is issued for a 3 year period, and then must be renewed.
I would like to start performing mammograms, what do I need to do?
You must be a registered technologist in good standing with American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and meet the requirements of Part 2, Appendix 2M, Section 2M.1.3., and work under the supervision of another qualified person during your training period.
Form R-64: You must register with us as a provisional mammographer by reviewing the instructions and completing form R-64, submitting the $60 fee by check payable to CDPHE.
If approved, a provisional mammographer registration will be issued for 1 year and may renewed only once – after which you must become (and maintain registration) in mammography with American Registry of Radiologic Technologists or you must cease performing mammography.
Qualified inspectors and experts providing services to x-ray facilities
I am a registered qualified inspector and need to order more blue labels – how do I do that?
- Order your x-ray machine certification labels online. Only Colorado registered qualified inspectors may purchase blue certification labels.
I would like to become a registered qualified inspector for x-ray machines in Colorado. What do I need to do?
Review and meet the requirements:
Register using the appropriate form:
R-53QI application form
R-53 provisional qualified inspector application form and pay the $100 application fee.
Registered Medical Physicists are a specialized category of QI who must meet the requirements of Part 2, Section 2.4. and Appendix 2B.
R-53RMP application for registration, registered medical physicist: Complete the R-53RMP application for registration, registered medical physicist form.
I would like to become a registered qualified expert to perform shielding evaluations for X-ray machines.
What do I need to do?
Review and meet the requirements of Part 2, Section 2.4.3 and Appendix 2B or 2C.
R-68 application form: Register with us using the R-68 application form and pay the $100 application fee.
Qualified expert registration is an annual registration.
Facilities using x-ray machines
I need to have my (non-mammography) X-ray machine inspected. Who do I contact?
Contact a Colorado registered qualified inspector for your specific machine type(s).
Some qualified inspectors operate only regionally, so you may choose one located near your facility or who works in your region.
Inspection of complex x-ray systems including computed tomography, fluoroscopy, and therapy systems requires inspection/evaluation by a registered medical physicist- a special category of qualified inspector.
Qualified inspectors are private companies/individuals that do not work for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Fees for inspections (also called certification evaluations) are set by the qualified inspector and are not under our control. Only the blue certification label fee ($60) is set by us which may or may not be included in the inspection fee charged by the qualified inspector.
I need to have my mammography X-ray machine inspected. Who do I contact?
Mammography inspections are completed in two steps - mammography facilities should contact a registered qualified inspector to complete the machine certification portion of the inspection.
CDPHE staff inspectors will contact the facility directly for the second portion of the inspection prior to the due date.
Contact the x-ray staff or more information
How can I pay my annual registration fee invoice?
Invoices for registration fees may be paid by electronic check or credit card through the online payment portal. Only those invoices which specifically list the payment portal website can be paid online. You must have a customer number/reference ID, and invoice number (shown on the invoice or letter).
Each year x-ray machine facilities are also required to complete the online R-4 registration form when they receive their April bill/invoice.
No fee is required to update existing registration information outside of the annual renewal cycle.
What are the fees for registering my X-ray machine facility?
Each facility using x-ray machines must initially register, renew the registration annually and pay a $50 facility registration fee - regardless of the number of x-ray machines at the facility.
Each individual x-ray machine must have a certification evaluation (inspection) completed at the frequency specified in Table 2-1 of Section 2.5.1 of Part 2. Reminders are sent via email to each facility prior to the due date.
Why did I receive another invoice/bill when I just paid my annual invoice?
X-ray facility registration invoices are issued each April. If this bill is paid in a timely manner, you will not receive your next bill until the following April. However, if payment is delayed – for example if your April 2017 invoice is paid 10 months late in February of 2018 - you will receive another invoice in April for the current year.
Facilities that do not pay the initial annual facility renewal fee in a timely manner may be charged additional fees.
I have bought a new business that has X-ray machines. What do I need to do?
For payment by check, contact the x-ray technical support staff:
Customer technical assistance for questions concerning x-ray and mammography
I have sold a business that has X-ray machines, what do I do?
- R-4 registration form: Provide information to the new owner that will allow them to complete the online R-4 registration form.
I am removing/selling/storing an X-ray machine, what do I need to do?
- Notify us by completing the R-61 status of radiation machines form.
- Update your facility information when applicable by filling out the R-4 registration form.
Who do I contact to recycle my x-ray machine?
- Refer to the Recycling information guidance document for further details.
- Complete R-61 x-ray status of radiation machines form in the event you recycle or remove your machine from service.
I am buying a new x-ray machine. What do I need to do?
Do all facilities with x-ray machines need to be registered with the state?
Yes. To ensure the health and safety of members of the public, operators, and patients, and consistent with state regulation, all permanent non-federal facilities using x-ray machines in the State of Colorado for any purpose (medical, industrial, research, security) must be registered with CDPHE’s x-ray certification unit of CDPHE.
How often do I need to get my x-ray machine inspected?
Inspection frequencies (also called certification evaluations) are specified in Table 2-1 of Section 2.5.1 of Part 2 of the regulations and vary between 1-3 years depending on the type of machine or facility.
Does our facility require the use of dosimetry (radiation monitoring) badges?
Facilities that use fluoroscopy, computed tomography, or perform industrial radiography must use dosimetry badges and will not be granted a waiver from monitoring requirements.
Some facilities may be granted a waiver from the continuous radiation monitoring requirement if they demonstrate workers will not exceed 10 percent of the annual radiation limit for occupational radiation workers. Facilities must demonstrate this through use of continuous individual monitoring devices (dosimeters) for a period of at least 6 months, or provide an assessment of radiation dose from a qualified expert in shielding design
R-400 dosimetry waiver request form: Review the instructions and complete.
For regulatory requirements for individual monitoring:
Sales, installation, repair and demonstrations of x-ray machines
I am a company doing a demonstration with an x-ray machine in Colorado. What do I need to do?
Provide documentation that each machine has been evaluated in accordance with Colorado regulations. This may require a certification evaluation be completed by a Colorado registered qualified inspector.
Form R-200: Complete and submit at least 15 days before entering Colorado with a radiation machine, and receive approval from the Department.
- You may not bring radiation producing machines into Colorado for temporary use for more than 180 days per calendar year. There is no fee for temporary use within this limit.
- Visit the reciprocity web page for more details.