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Missouri Introduces R.T. Licensure Bill

Dec 15, 2015

Rep. Galen Higdon (R-St. Joseph) introduced a bill on Dec​. 2 to license radiographers, radiation therapists, nuclear medicine technologists, magnetic resonance technologists, radiologist assistants and nuclear medicine advanced associates. 

House Bill 1604 states “No person shall hold himself or herself out as an advanced radiology practitioner or radiologic technologist or perform imaging or treatment using ionizing radiation or magnetic resonance unless such person has been licensed by the State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts within the Division of Professional Regulation as an advanced radiology practitioner or a radiologic technologist.” 

Missouri is one of only five states in the nation with no licensure or regulatory laws for radiologic technologists. 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 Missouri Society of Radiologic Technologists strongly supports the enactment of this bill during the 2016 legislative session. We encourage medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals in Missouri to contact their state representative in Jefferson City to ask him or her to support H.B. 1604.

The legislative session begins in Jefferson City on Jan. 6, 2016.

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