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Do not expose yourself to unnecessary X-rays  

Work hands-free - take X-rays without staying in the room

The hands-free X-ray technology means that you do not hold the patient when taking X-rays. Your holding hands are instead replaced by aids such as ropes, wedges and sandbags. This allows you to leave the X-ray room during imaging if the patient is sedated and walk out of the room or back away from the awake patient.

This work is an independent initiative to raise awareness that it is possible to minimize staff radiation dose in veterinary care.

Your health is important ❤️!

With the help of hands-free X-ray technology, we can live up to the radiation safety authority's requirements for radiation-safe working methods


Our radiation protection regulations allow us only in exceptional cases to stand inside the room when we take the x-ray and then with an increased distance to the patient.

Excerpt from the Radiation Safety Authority's handbook: Notifiable activities - Small animal x-rays

"In case of exposure, appropriate measures must be taken to ensure that the animal is as still as possible without workers or members of the public having to hold it"


"A person who must stay in the X-ray room during exposure must be as far away from the X-ray equipment as possible"

common questions

Does it take longer to x-ray hands-free?

As with anything new we have to learn, there is a certain learning curve. That time is shorter than learning to take x-rays by holding the patient. When you learn to replace your hands with aids, x-raying sedated patients will take less time and will be easier to get nice pictures.

Can everyone work hands-free?

Absolutely! The technique is designed to be reproducible and simple rather than developing with experience "a feeling in the hands" as in traditional handholding. Therefore, both beginners and experienced imagers can take equally fine X-rays.

Is the technique validated?

Yes! Hands-free HD and ED images can be submitted to SKK. The image quality is also evaluated by our Swedish (Step 2) and European (Dip ECVDI) radiologists.

Why should I work hands-free, is X-ray radiation really that dangerous?

You who expose yourself to X-rays have an increased risk of developing cancer. That risk varies between individuals, gender and age. We know that young women are at increased risk. The radiation can cause damage to your genetic material or give your future children an increased risk of developing cancer. That risk is completely unnecessary to take now that we know how to take X-rays hands-free.  

What does the legislation say?

Our radiation protection regulations allow us to only iexceptional cases stand inside the room when we take the x-ray. And this person must then keep an increased distance from the patient. 
If we repeatedly subject patients to X-ray examinations, we are not working in accordance with the radiation safety authority's requirements for radiation-safe working methods.
Read more about the legislationhere.
Do not forget that the examination time cannot be weighed against your health. This is how SSM writes in its regulations
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