Rural providers learn X-ray safety with ANTHC

January 6, 2017

Twice a year, ANTHC’s Institutional Environmental Health program partners with Southcentral Foundation (SCF) to offer a four-day diagnostic X-ray imaging course. The course is designed for health care professionals working in rural Alaska who take medical X-rays including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and community health aides. The fall 2016 diagnostic X-ray imaging course took place Nov. 29-Dec. 2 in Anchorage. The event drew attendees from Tribal health organizations across the state including: Aleutian Pribilof Island Association; Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation; Copper River Native Association; Kenaitze Indian Tribe; Norton Sound Health Corporation; Seldovia Village Tribe; Southeast Area Regional Health Corporation; and Tanana Chiefs Conference. Additionally, health care professionals from non-Tribal clinics in Anchorage, Bethel and Clear Air Force Station attended. The course included lectures and demonstrations from Ron Deis, SCF Medical Radiographic Imaging Specialist, Keith Cook, ANTHC Institutional Environmental Health Manager, and Michael Box, Senior Institutional Environmental Health Consultant, which were designed to help providers optimize radiographic image quality while minimizing X-ray exposure to patients and staff. Presentation topics included: interaction of X-rays with matter; principles of the X-ray machine; radiation protection and occupational safety and health issues in radiology; principles of computed radiography; low-dose imaging techniques; and radiographic positioning of various body parts. In addition, participants receive an orientation to the imaging suite at ANMC. The spring diagnostic X-ray imaging course is scheduled to take place April 4-7. For more information, please visit

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