March 7, 2013 — Senate Bill 1115, which would require individuals in Idaho 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 the 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 radiologic technologists are prepared to provide patients with safe, quality care: “The Idaho Society of Radiologic Technologists is committed to making sure that patients receive 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.”
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.
Licensing standards will apply to the following radiologic technology practice areas:
- Radiation therapy
- Nuclear medicine
- Limited radiography and limited fluoroscopy
- Magnetic resonance imaging
- Diagnostic computed tomography
- Bone densitometry
- Radiologist assistant