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Licensure Bill Introduced in Alaska

Jan 14, 2015

Rep. Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, has prefiled a bill in the Alaska House of Representatives that will require individuals to secure a license before performing medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures.

House bill 29 requires the personnel who perform radiography, radiation therapy or nuclear medicine procedures to complete a series of educational requirements and pass a certification examination, which may include the exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board.

The bill includes requirements for limited x-ray machine operators. As outlined in the bill, limited operators may only perform radiography of the chest, abdomen and axial-appendicular skeleton, and may perform limited radiologic diagnostic imaging only under the supervision of a fully licensed radiologic technologist or a licensed practitioner.

Alaska requires personnel who perform fluoroscopic procedure to complete 10 hours of fluoroscopy-specific radiation safety training. The state does not have licensure or regulatory laws for personnel who perform other medical imaging procedures or radiation therapy treatments. 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.

The 2015 Alaska legislative session begins on Jan. 20. We encourage medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals in Alaska to contact their representatives in Juneau to ask them to support HB 29.

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