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In Yerevan’s polyclinics about 80 percent of the X-ray machines in use are past their expiration date

The Soviet-era X-ray machines used in the capital’s polyclinics were manufactured in the 1970-1980s. They were retired a while ago in the Baltic countries as well as Russia. According to Russian sources, the “Room - 20” and “X-ray 30” machines should be used for 10 years, but they have continued to be in use for 30-40 years in Armenia.

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The effects of ionizing radiation was published in the UNSCEAR 2008 report, which stated that in health care level I countries, the effective dose of diagnostic radiology X-ray examinations, thanks to devices manufactured between 1997-2007, decreased three times compared with the 1970s.

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According to data from the World Health Organization, Armenia placed 104 out of 191 in the ranking of world health system efficacy.

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