Safety violations at health clinics in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh have raised concerns among local experts.
Recent inspections conducted by the Ministry of Sciences and Technology in Hanoi found that eight out of 62 radiology clinics visited were using substandard and unlicensed machines, and lacked safety technicians.
The violators, all of which were detected at health clinics with X-ray machines, were fined a total of VND51.5 million (US$2,647).
The same situation was reported in Ho Chi Minh City, where 14 out of 35 inspected clinics were fined VND77 million ($3,958) in total also for violations in running X-ray machines.
Nguyen Hao Quang, Director of the Ministry's Center for Nuclear Radiation Technical Support, said the health industry has yet to take proper care in its use of radioactive materials.
If health clinics keep running X-ray machines improperly, patients will suffer the consequences, according to Quang.
Substandard X-ray machines may give incorrect results and could pose risks of other diseases, he said.
Recent statistics showed that the rate of population having cancers is on the rise, which Quang attributed to the improper use of X-ray machines.
Another Health Ministroy official said, on the condition of anonymity, that these bad practices also posed risks the technicians who constantly come in contact with the radioactive materials --which can cause cancer and death.