Sens. Wesley Meredith and Tommy Tucker have introduced Senate Bill 498
in the North Carolina legislature, a measure that will require individuals to secure a license before performing medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures.
S.B. 498 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 has been referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.
North Carolina is one of only five states in the nation with no licensing requirements for medical imaging and radiation therapy personnel. Individuals in the state can perform radiologic procedures without taking a single course in medical radiation safety, patient positioning or basic radiologic science physics.
"Patients in North Carolina are becoming more aware of the risks involved with medical radiation, so it’s incredibly important that they’re treated by licensed and qualified radiologic technology professionals," said Brenda Greenberg, R.T.(R)(CT), chairman of the North Carolina Society of Radiologic Technologists. "We’ll work hard to make sure that lawmakers in Raleigh understand that every patient who receives a medical imaging or radiation therapy procedure deserves to be seen by a highly qualified and educated radiologic technologist.”
If enacted, the state will create the North Carolina Radiologic Imaging and Radiation Therapy Board of Examiners, which will oversee licensing standards for personnel who perform medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures.
To educate legislators about S.B. 498, the NCSRT is hosting a legislative advocacy day in the state capitol in Raleigh on April 8. North Carolina radiologic technologists interested in participating in the advocacy day should contact Brenda Greenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org
We encourage radiologic technologists who cannot attend the event to contact their senators
in Raleigh to ask them to support S.B. 498.