What are the electrical requirements for a chiropractic digital x-ray room?

Apr 21, 2022 9:37:12 AM / by Jennifer Hutchison

Electrical requirements for a digital x-ray system in a chiropractic clinic are very important to consider before installation. All x-ray systems require dedicated power, which means that the power coming into the clinic will need to be specifically for the x-ray machine and no other devices. If you are unsure of your clinic's electrical requirements, it is best to consult with an electrician or the manufacturer of the digital x-ray system before proceeding with installation.

In this post we’ll cover the key electrical requirements for a chiropractic digital x-ray room, including:

  • X-ray room layout
  • The different types of Chiropractic x-ray generators
  • Electrical requirements for x-ray generators
  • Single vs. Three-phase power
  • Associated costs of electrical requirements
  • Equipment room drawings with electrical requirements for chiropractic x-ray rooms


X-ray room layout

When it comes to setting up a new chiropractic x-ray room, there are a few important considerations. One of the most important is the type of equipment that will be required.
The size of the room will also need to be taken into account to ensure that your new x-ray room is properly equipped and ready to serve your patients.

Creating an equipment room drawing is an important step in the design process for any clinic or hospital. This drawing will help determine what type of equipment is needed, how it should be arranged in the room, and where the electricity has to go.

At Patient Image we have experienced personnel on staff who can help advise you on the best room design for your specific needs and workflow. Consulting with industry professionals from the beginning will save you time and money throughout the project.

What are the different types of x-ray generators?

The x-ray generator is the engine of the x-ray system, which drives the amount of power needed to produce an x-ray. Generators can range in power, but Chiropractors typically purchase either a 32kW or 40kW system. The more powerful generator will have a higher dose, which will provide clearer images in larger patients.

For most customers a 32kW system is sufficient, however if your patient demographics tend to be larger you might want to upgrade to a 40kW system. As a rule of thumb, the higher the patient volume the larger the generator will be required.

Electrical requirements for x-ray generators

Electrical requirements for x-ray generators can vary depending on the make and model of the generator, as well as the incoming line voltage. As such, it is important to confirm the electrical requirements with Patient Image prior to any work being carried out.

The example below is based on a generator with an incoming line voltage of 240 volts. For this particular generator, a 20 ampere circuit breaker is required, and the generator must be connected to a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) device. It is also important to note that the power cable must be capable of carrying at least 20 amperes. Failure to comply with these requirements could result in damage to the generator or other electrical problems.


Single vs. three-phase power

When you're dealing with x-ray generators, it's important to understand the difference between single and three-phase power.

The distribution of AC electricity is done in one of two phases: single-phase or three-phase. Single-phase power is used in most residential homes and small commercial buildings. Three-phase power is generally used in commercial situations where there is higher demand for electrical current or there is equipment that requires a higher operating voltage.

In the US single phase is a 110v / 240v 3 wire AC Supply, three-phase is a 4 wire 480v AC Supply. Three-phase power is typically more expensive to install and is subject to approval from your local electricity authority. Ultimately, the best option for you will depend on your specific requirements. Again, creating an equipment room drawing with a licensed electrician will help you make the right choices from the start.

X-ray room electrical requirements and associated costs

If you do not have adequate power for your chiropractic digital x-ray system, you may be looking at a hefty bill from the electrician. Most systems require 100-150 dedicated amps, and if your x-ray room cannot provide that, you will need to have an electrician bring more power from the main breaker. In some cases, this may mean pulling more power for the entire building.

While the exact cost will vary depending on the size of your system and the amount of power needed, you can expect to pay several hundred dollars for the work.
Important note about electrical costs

If the cost of electrical starts to jump above $4-5k there is an alternative generator called the stored generator which will work on a standard 110v wall outlet. This generator is more expensive, but requires no electrical work and can be a big cost saving. We can assist with the correct generator configuration to best fit your needs so please contact us to discuss your options.

Equipment room drawings for chiropractic x-ray rooms

Electrical requirements for x-ray rooms vary depending on the type of x-ray machine being used and the size of the room. However, there are some general requirements that must be met in order for an x-ray room to function properly.

For a typical x-ray room you are going to need to bring power from the main breaker into the x-ray room. The power can be brought into the room through surface mounted or in-wall conduit. The power will need to be brought to a disconnect box, which is typically positioned behind the operator area. The disconnect box is there as a safety measure in the event you had to quickly disconnect power from the x-ray generator.

Here is an example of what a disconnect box looks like.

disconnect box

Equipment room drawings will be the best way to ensure that you have everything you need when it comes to your chiropractic x-ray room. It will show where the main breaker is going to be as well as where the power is going to need to come into the room. This way you can make sure that everything is laid out correctly and that there are no surprises when it comes time to install the x-ray equipment.

Part of the project management that we provide is an equipment room drawing, which outlines all of the electrical requirements. Each room will be different, so please keep in mind that this is only an example, and you should only follow the instructions that are outlined in your own specific final equipment room drawing we provide you with our package. Electrical work should always be completed using a licensed electrician.

The equipment room drawing provides an example of how the electrical and generator requirements for the project can be combined into one easily understandable drawing.


Whether you are remodeling an existing suite, or doing a complete clinic improvement or build-out, you will need to use an equipment room drawing.

Equipment room drawings show the location of existing power, data and communication outlets as well as any potential new or relocated equipment. This will help to ensure that your build-out meets all code requirements and runs smoothly.

Whether you are looking to upgrade your current digital x-ray system or are in the market for a used x-ray system, we can help you to find the best fit for your needs. We take into consideration factors like imaging quality requirements and staff experience with different types of machines, to help you make the best decision possible.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about electrical requirements for chiropractic x-ray rooms. However, please keep in mind that we are not licensed electricians and that you should always consult with local and state codes before doing any electrical work. With that said, don't hesitate to contact us - we're here to help!

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Jennifer Hutchison
Written by Jennifer Hutchison

My goal is to provide my customers with the best equipment possible, at the best price possible, in order to see their business grow and thrive. I currently work hand in hand with doctors of Chiropractic all over the nation to put together custom equipment packages that meet their special needs. Each doctor has their own speciality technique, and by working directly with many of the groups such as NUCCA, Gonstead, CBP, Everest, Blair, KCUCS, and many other groups, I have built the knowledge and expertise to create custom x-ray equipment packages for their specific needs. Seeing my customers using the equipment I sold them in order to heal and help people all over the nation is the true happiness I get from my career. - 9 Years experience in medical device and equipment sales -12 Years experience in Medical Imaging Field - Sales expert for x-ray and digital x-ray equipment nationwide - Work with over 25 different manufacturers and vendors - Strong accounting, finance, and account management background - Upper Cervical X-Ray Sales Specialist