North Carolina Bill Sets Licensing Standards for Performing Radiologic Procedures

Currently one of only five states in the nation with no licensure or regulatory laws for radiologic technologists

 

April 19, 2013

April 19, 2013 — Sen. Stan Bingham and Sen. Wesley Meredith have introduced a bill in the North Carolina legislature that will require individuals to secure a license before performing medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures.

Senate Bill 390 will require all personnel who perform medical imaging or radiation therapy procedures to complete a series of educational requirements and pass a certification examination. The bill is currently awaiting a hearing in the Senate Committee on Health Care.

North Carolina is one of only five states in the nation with no licensure or regulatory laws for radiologic technologists. Currently, individuals in the state can perform radiologic procedures without taking a single course in medical radiation safety, patient positioning or basic radiologic science physics.

“This is an important patient safety measure for the citizens of North Carolina,” said Brenda Greenberg, R.T., chairman of the North Carolina Society of Radiologic Technologists. “Medical radiation can be dangerous when administered incorrectly, so it’s crucial that we make sure that every medical imaging and radiation therapy professional is educated, competent and understands the importance of making sure patients receive the lowest dose of medical radiation possible.”

Licensing standards will apply to the following radiologic technology practice areas:

 

If enacted, the state will create the North Carolina Radiologic Imaging and Radiation Therapy Board of Examiners. The board will oversee licensing standards for personnel who perform medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures. It will include six licensed medical imaging professionals, one licensed radiologist, one licensed medical physicist, one licensed physician, one full-time radiologic science educator and one public member.

For more information: www.ncsrt.org

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how does this affect the technologists already registered with the ARRT and ASRT?  a registered technologist must complete continuing education credits every two years in order to maintain their RT.  are you going to make registered technologists take another test??  I've been in the field for forty years, no way I'm taking another exam.  When I worked in NJ, all I had to do was pay 20.00 and they sent me a license. I've worked with people in NJ who were certified but only because they failed the ARRT exam more than 3 times and were no longer permitted to sit again without having gone back and re-completing the program.  so this would be a nice way to help those technologists have a license and be able to obtain employment.    is that the plan for NC? 

What does the ARRT have to say about this?