Radiation-Emitting Products

Could you clarify what is meant by the statement that the mechanism "shall not fail in the event of power interruption"?

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This means that if the power to the x-ray system is unexpectedly terminated during an examination, the tube-image receptor assembly will not move without operator intervention. This requirement is intended to provide additional safety for the patient in the event of power interruption during an examination and to prevent patient injury that might occur if the assembly moves. The system must prevent motion until the operator determines that such motion is acceptable. Depending on the circumstances in each facility, the time required for the operator to safely remove the patient from the unit may vary. Therefore, the length of time required for the system to remain locked in place will also vary. However, removing the patient from the unit can usually be accomplished in a minute or less. Note: systems that lack built-in mechanisms to prevent unintended gantry motion may meet the requirement using external battery backup or mechanical mechanisms that prevent unintended motion for the amount of time it takes to remove the patient from the machine. .

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