Radiology, Inc. provides a prompt, reliable B Read interpretation service, currently with two NIOSH and board certified readers, Charles Siegler, M.D. and M. Jason Akers, M.D. Please see attached B-Read brochure for more details.
NIOSH Certified “B” Readers: physicians certified to read the chest x-ray according to certain procedures to determine if it shows signs of diseases such as silicosis. This certification is mandatory for physicians who classify chest radiographs for certain federal surveillance projects, such as the NIOSH Coal Workers’ X-ray Surveillance Program, the Asbestos Medical Surveillance Program, and industry-sponsored medical screening programs.
The primary pneumoconioses are asbestosis, silicosis, and coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (commonly referred to as CWP or black lung). As their names imply, they are caused by inhalation of asbestos fibers, silica dust and coal mine dust.
New standards from OSHA require individuals who work in construction, general industry and maritime, and the hydraulic fracturing industries to have chest x-rays read by a NIOSH certified B-Reader. Additional information on OSHA’s silica rule can be found at https://www.osha.gov/dsg/topics/silicacrystalline/