Cath Lab Shielding

Radiation shielding needs for cardiac cath labs and special procedure rooms depend on many variables such as patient workload, size of room, adjacent area use and status and other concerns.

HPNW will verify all clinical and design parameters so that the recommended radiation shielding is specifically designed for the room. NCRP Guidelines and restrictive allowable dose limits are used to ensure a safe working environment and regulatory compliance.

Shielding Request Checklist

  • Equipment Detail
    • Unit Make / Model
    • Patient Workload
  • Room Detail
    • Scale Drawing
    • Floor-to-Floor Heights (if occupied)
    • Floor / Ceiling Concrete Thickness (if occupied)
  • Facility Address & Contact Information
  • Billing Address & Contact Information

* Please note that we cannot complete the shielding reports until all information has been received and is accurate.


Is a shielding evaluation required?

All cardiac cath labs must be evaluated for radiation shielding needs.

Does a regulatory agency review the results?

Some states have a plan review process in place. HPNW will assist with the submittal to the appropriate plan review agency.

Are radiation surveys required before clinical use of the room?

Both construction surveys and post-construction radiation surveys are available to verify the amount and location as well as the application of the lead shielding. These surveys are not normally required.