The Texas Senate has passed Senate Bill 848, a bill that recognizes radiologist assistants as radiology physician extenders.
Introduced by Sen. Craig Estes, S.B. 848 sets licensing and regulatory standards for radiologist assistants by the Texas Medical Board. The board will set the qualification, application and continuing education requirements for RAs.
The bill has moved to the Texas House of Representatives and is awaiting a hearing. The Texas Legislature is scheduled to be in session until its projected adjournment on June 1.
If the bill passes, Texas will become the 31st state to include advanced-practice medical imaging professionals among its licensed or recognized professions.