Electronic – Running network cable near X-Ray equipment


My mother runs a small veterinary clinic. She is getting a new X-Ray machine that will need a network connection to send digital copies of the X-Ray to the server. I will be installing a wall plate with a few Ethernet jacks in the X-Ray room.

Do I need to do anything special like shielded cabling for this install? I am not worried about transmission errors that may occur during the split second the X-Ray is active, TCP can fix those, I am concerned about damaging the NIC card on the computer or router in the wiring closet due to some form of current induction.

The cable will not be running in the direct path of the X-Ray beam just be in wall leading to the room. Am I being overly cautious or is this a legitimate concern? Also if I need to route under the path of the beam for some reason are there any consequences for that?

Best Answer

No, you do not need to do anything special. We have X-ray generators and Digital Imaging devices everywhere at my place of work, we run cable around them, in front of them sometimes(tie comes loose) and all around them. We have never had issues.

Other forms of radiation can have very negative affects on materials and electronics, but on ethernet cable we do not see negative affects from these either.

X-Rays are not that terrible, it is just not a good idea to get a dose from them repeatedly throughout the day. This is why the therapist is placed behind a bit of lead.