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Idaho Introduces Licensure Bill

Mar 06, 2013

Idaho Senate Bill 1115, which will require individuals to secure a license before performing medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures, is currently awaiting a hearing in the Idaho Senate Committee on Health and Welfare.

Idaho does not have any licensing standards for radiologic technologists. Individuals can perform procedures without taking a single course in medical radiation safety, patient positioning or basic radiologic science physics.

S. 1115 requires all personnel who operate radiologic equipment to complete a series of stringent educational requirements and pass a certification examination.

According to Mike Gurr, R.T.(R), chairman of the Idaho Society of Radiologic Technologists, licensing standards will ensure that all individuals who perform medical imaging procedures on Idaho citizens are qualified to do so. "The Idaho Society of Radiologic Technologists is committed to making sure that all patients receive quality imaging care including the lowest dose of radiation possible during exams. The educational and training standards outlined in S. 1115 are a big step toward fulfilling our promise to provide patents with the best care possible."

Licensing standards will apply to the following radiologic technology practice areas:
  • Radiography
  • Radiation therapy
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Limited radiography and limited fluoroscopy
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Diagnostic computed tomography
  • Bone densitometry
  • Sonography
  • Radiologist assistant

If enacted, the state will create the Board of Radiologic Imaging and Radiation Therapy Examiners. The nine-person board will oversee the licensing requirements for all personnel who perform medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures. In addition, the board will be responsible for administering disciplinary measures and penalties.

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3 Comments

  1. 1 ASRT Staff 28 Mar
    Robert, thank you for your comment. Please note that in addition to having no state licensure laws or regulations for radiologic technologists, Idaho also doesn’t require the personnel who perform medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures to be certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.  
  2. 2 Debra Herring 28 Mar
    as anything else, what should not have to be legislated MUST be legislated to protect the integrity of the Radiologic Technology profession and general public.  Mississippi allows "12 hour techs" --someone off the street who sits in a classroom for 12 hours and takes a written exam and is allowed to work in radiology departments. Because doctors do not what to pay a professional salary, the general population is at risk and blames radiographers because they ASSUME the person running the machine is a professional.  Shame on Mississippi doctors
  3. 3 Robert Dayton 28 Mar
    Why create a new bureaucracy and more cost for
    Rad. Techs when, as in WA state, one already had to be an A.R.R.T registered tech in the proper modality, as well as earn C.E. credits on a regular basis.
    In WA it was as if the state Mafia just wanted their cut, as all education, training and C.E. was in the purview of the A.R.R.T., which is more rigorous
    than state requirements. Until I was disabled, I was paying much more to WA for the "privilege" to work than for my ARRT license.
    Waste of time & money. 

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