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Enjoy peace-of-mind by keeping your employees safe and ensuring your facility meets state and accreditation requirements

Unique safety issues exist in medical practices using X-ray equipment. Let us help you monitor employee dose from X-ray equipment including special badge coverage needed for declared pregnant workers.

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I have been using the LANDAUER Luxel badge for almost eight years. My staff, most of whom are women of childbearing age, consider it one of the best perks of working at my office."
Alma R. Nava, D.D.S. Drakeshire Dental | Farmington Hills, MI

Why Monitor Radiation through LANDAUER?

With more than 60 years of experience, it is the most trusted name in radiation safety

LANDAUER's cost effective and comprehensive radiation monitoring badge programs for private practices feature the same technology, service and support trusted by more than 80% of leading medical facilities and more than 20,000 private practices in the U.S.

LANDAUER uses Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL), an advanced technology available for measuring radiation exposure. LANDAUER’s Luxel+ badge contains aluminum oxide, that absorbs radiation to which the wearer is exposed during use. When you return the badge to LANDAUER, the aluminum oxide in the dosimeter is stimulated with a laser, emits light then is measured to determine the amount of radiation received by the wearer.

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The Luxel+ badge has many advantages over film and TLD (thermoluminescent dosimeters) badges

  • Durable: Unlike film and TLD badges, Luxel+ badges provide accurate dose readings, even when exposed to extreme temperatures, moisture, oil from fingers, or when dropped or tampered with
  • Flexible frequency: Luxel+ is capable of storing data for a much longer period of time, which provides you with the flexibility to simplify your badge program by maintaining longer wear frequencies
  • Accurate: Luxel+ badges can measure radiation exposure as low as 1 millirem (mrem) and is accurate within ± 1 mrem, while film and TLD badges require at least 10 mrem to begin monitoring (very important for fetal monitoring)

LANDAUER Customers appreciate

  • The fastest reporting time in the industry—five-day turnaround
  • Secure recordkeeping
  • A lifetime record of your exposure in our safekeeping with data archiving
  • Immediate customer and technical support when you need it by a team of experts

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"The LANDAUER badge is the most accurate X-ray dosimeter on the market and includes timely, easy to read reports. Wearing of the LANDAUER product by my staff who take radiographs gives them they peace-of-mind they deserve."

Karson L. Carpenter, D.D.S.
HPTC™ Compliance Training Partners | Farmington Hills, MI

How do you use a Luxel+ whole body badge

LANDAUER sends Luxel+ whole body dosimeters individually wrapped with a label noting where to wear. Snap the dosimeter into the holder and begin to wear on the date noted or as soon as possible. Dosimeters should be worn during working hours to record occupational exposure (do not wear dosimeters during non-working hours or when undergoing diagnostic or medical procedures where exposures would not be part of your occupational exposure history).

At the end of the wear period, snap the used Luxel+ dosimeter out of the holder and replace it with the dosimeter for the new wear period. Return the used dosimeter along with the control dosimeter of the same wear date to LANDAUER to process for exposure.

NOTE: Don’t use dosimeters in the original cellophane packaging as those would be recorded as unused (excluding control dosimeters).

Who should wear a badge, what type and how often exchanged?

Requirements vary from state to state. Your state radiation safety office is the best source of information about who should be wearing radiation badges/dosimeters, what type, and how often you should exchange your dosimeters.

To find specific state information about radiation regulation status, legislation, contact information, State Agreement, and program reviews, go to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission website, found here. In addition, most state radiation control agencies have web sites and are listed here.

What is an exchange frequency? What is the recommended frequency?

An exchange frequency is how often dosimeters are shipped and are decided based on your office’s needs. Exchange frequencies from one week up to one year are available dependent on type of dosimetry service. Service rates vary with exchange frequency.

What is inside Luxel+, and how does it work?

Luxel+ contains a thin strip of specially formulated aluminum oxide crystalline material within a four-element filter pack that is heat sealed within a laminated, light-tight paper wrapper. All of these components are radio-frequency sealed inside tamper-proof plastic to eliminate possible mishandling, light leakage or lost detection elements.

The Luxel+ dosimeter measures radiation exposure due to X, gamma and beta radiation with optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) technology. The OSL radiation detector inside the Luxel+ dosimeter is the thin strip of specially formulated aluminum oxide (Al2O3) crystalline material.

The luminescence measured during analysis is applied to a dose algorithm that relies on the response ratios between different filter positions within the dosimeter to discriminate between beta and photon (X and gamma) radiation fields to determine exposure results. Dose equivalents arising from exposures to photons (X or gamma rays) will have a deep, lens of eye and shallow value reported. Depending on the energy of the X or gamma rays, these values may or may not be equal. Beta exposures are reported only as a shallow dose equivalent.

What is and how do I use a control badge/dosimeter?

A separate dosimeter known and labeled as a control dosimeter is included with each dosimeter shipment to monitor radiation received in transit or storage. When the dosimeters are returned to LANDAUER for processing and analysis, the control dosimeter exposure is subtracted from each individual dosimeter exposure in the shipment to separate the occupational dose from the background exposure.

It is very important that the control dosimeter(s) assigned to a shipment accompany that shipment in transit both from and to LANDAUER. And, if you are returning dosimeters that shipped separately from the regular shipment for the wear date, include any control dosimeters that accompanied those shipments.

Do not use the control dosimeter for any other purpose! Store control dosimeters away from radiation with dosimeters of the same type and wear date when not in use (do not store dosimeters near a radioactive source or in an X-ray room).

How long does it take to receive an exposure report?

At the end of each wear period, dosimeters returned to our laboratory for processing are analyzed. You can access a dosimetry report via, usually available within five working days from the receipt of the dosimeters. Emergency processing with an expedited report is available for dosimeters suspected of receiving overexposure.

Should an employee who works at two facilities have two separate badges?

Yes, the employee should have a separate badge at each location. This will identify which facility the employee was working if dose is received.

Do you provide specific badging for a pregnant radiation worker?

Yes, once an employee declares her pregnancy, LANDAUER can provide a “fetal” badge that notes body location to be worn in addition to her whole body badge. The mother's exposure appears as usual on the standard dosimetry report plus appears again with the fetal exposure results on an additional page of the dosimetry report. The estimated deep dose from conception to declaration appears if supplied to LANDAUER along with the total declaration to current deep dose.

If the fetal badge volume requires a more comprehensive approach, LANDAUER has a monthly Fetal Monitor Report. This summary report displays estimated dose from conception to declaration, rolling exposure history by month for both mother and child and accumulated fetal totals for the gestation period.

The Fetal Monitor Report involves a charge in addition to your basic service.