Nearly 400,000 x-rays of former DOE contractor employees have been digitized to support LM records retention requirements.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Legacy Management (LM) has successfully completed a project to digitize nearly 400,000 medical x‑rays of former DOE contractor employees.
The x‑rays, from the Rocky Flats and Grand Junction, Colorado; Fernald, Mound, and Ashtabula, Ohio; and Pinellas, Florida; sites, are needed to support medical compensation claims and must be kept for long-term preservation.
The digitizing process involved converting the x‑ray images to electronic format to ensure the record’s readability for their entire retention period. LM received National Archives and Records Administration concurrence that the x‑ray images have been converted to an acceptable digital format for Federal records.
Digitizing was performed by Source HOV in Louisville, Kentucky, and Grand Junction, Colorado. LM worked with the digitizing vendor to securely manage the transfer of significant volumes of x‑ray materials and digital files.
With digitizing completed, the digital images have been uploaded to the LM electronic recordkeeping system, along with metadata about each image to enhance the ability to retrieve the digitized records.
The electronic availability of these x‑rays will expedite information retrieval to support LM records requests and ensure long-term records preservation.