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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Radiation-Emitting Products

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A facility has two identical x-ray units, both of which have the capability to use multiple cassette/image receptor sizes. Would it be permissible to have both equipped with the 18 x 24 cm cassette-grid-compression paddle combination and have only one 24 x 30 cm cassette-grid -compression paddle combination that could be used on either unit on an as-needed basis?

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Additionally, must the facility provide the "spot compression" paddles referred to in the regulation?

No, to both questions. A facility must have on hand at least one cassette-grid-compression paddle combination of each of the 18 x 24 cm and 24 x 30 cm sizes to equip each mammography x-ray unit in the facility. "Spot compression" paddles are not required.

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