Search the BPG

Appropriateness of mobile examinations (Rad specific)


Appropriateness of each mobile examination is assessed prior to initiation, with consideration of patient condition, imaging requirements and radiation safety


+ Appropriateness of mobile examinations

  • Mobile radiographic and fluoroscopic equipment is only used for examinations where it is impractical to transfer patients to a permanent medical imaging department.1
  • Decisions on appropriateness of mobile examinations take into consideration:
    • The best interests of the patient undergoing the imaging – including the impact of travel to and from the diagnostic imaging department
    • Image quality – better quality images can usually be obtained in the imaging department with stationary units2
    • Radiation protection of the patient, as well as other personnel and the general public, in the vicinity of areas where radiographic equipment is being used1

+ Seeking clarification

  • If an MRT has questions about the appropriateness of a requisition for a mobile examination, it is their obligation to seek clarification with the responsible healthcare professional.

+ References

  1. Health Canada. Safety Code 35: Safety Procedures for the Installation, Use and Control of X-ray Equipment in Large Medical Radiological Facilities. Available at: AccessedMay 3, 2013.
  2. Adler AM, Carlton RR. Introduction to radiologic sciences and patient care. 5th Ed. St. Louis, MO: Saunders; 2011.




May 8, 2013


Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists
85 Albert St, Suite 1000, Ottawa, ON, K1P 6A4
phone: 613 234-0012 / 800 463-9729
fax: 613 234-1097