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NDSRT To Host Medical Imaging Day in Capitol

Feb 03, 2015
Members of the North Dakota Society of Radiologic Technologists will meet with lawmakers in Bismarck on Feb. 6 to ask them to support Senate Bill 2236, a measure that sets licensing standards and expands the responsibilities of the state’s radiographers, radiation therapists, radiologist assistants, nuclear medicine technologists and sonographers.

Sponsored by Sen. Judy Lee, SB 2236 will provide a pathway for radiologic technologists to assume additional duties in the clinic including taking verbal orders from physicians and entering them into patients’ electronic health records. Currently, North Dakota has equipment operating regulations for radiographers, radiation therapists and nuclear medicine technologists, but the regulations are not recognized as formal licensure by the state attorney general.

“As medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals, patient safety is our number one goal,” said Amy Hofmann, legislative chair of the NDSRT. “Unfortunately, medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals in our state are limited in their ability to provide a full scope of patient services, which can slow down operations and delay patient treatment. As a result, it’s important to provide these highly trained health care professionals with the ability to be active partners on the health care team.”

If SB 2236 is enacted, the state will create the State Board of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Medical Examiners. The nine-person board will oversee the licensing requirements for the personnel who perform medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures. In addition, the board will be responsible for administering disciplinary measures and penalties.

For more information about the event and SB 2236, contact Amy Hofmann at 701-391-3433, hofmannamyk@bis.midco.net, or Ann Bell-Pfeifer at 701-361-3897, abellpfeifer@gmail.com.

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