A facility's x-ray units have compression devices operated by a single foot control on each unit. Does the foot control meet both the "hands-free" requirement and the "operable from both sides" requirement, even if each unit only has one foot control? Must the facility purchase a second control for each in order to meet the "operable from either side" requirement?
The system described may meet the regulations, but individual evaluation is necessary. The foot control does meet the "hands-free" portion of the requirement. If the single foot control is operable from both sides of the patient, then it would meet the full requirement. However, if the control is permanently mounted so that an operator can activate it from only one location, then it would not meet the requirement, therefore requiring that an additional "hands-free" control be incorporated into the system. Note that the "fine adjustment control" is not required to be a "hands free" device. Any method of activation, including a "foot control" could be used as the "fine adjustment compression control" required by this section. If there are additional questions, the facility should consult with its medical physicist.