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Radiologist Assistant Bill Introduced in Texas

Mar 04, 2015
The Texas legislature has introduced Senate Bill 848, a measure that will allow a radiologist assistant to perform medical imaging services under the direct supervision of a supervising radiologist.

An RA is an advanced-level radiologic technologist who enhances patient care by extending the efficiency of the radiologist in the diagnostic imaging environment. RAs are radiologist extenders who have completed an advanced medical imaging academic program encompassing a nationally recognized curriculum and a radiologist-directed clinical preceptorship culminating in the award of a post-graduate degree or certificate.

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.

If the bill passes, Texas will become the 30th state to include advanced-practice medical imaging professionals among its licensed or recognized professions.

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