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Missouri R.T.s Gather in Support of Licensure

Feb 11, 2016

Members of the Missouri Society of Radiologic Technologists met with lawmakers at the state capitol in Jefferson City on Feb. 9 to ask them to support efforts to license radiologic technologists in the state.

The RT in JC event drew more than 75 radiologic technologists and radiologic technology students from across the state. Attendees visited the offices of dozens of representatives to educate them about the importance of establishing licensure standards for all of the state’s medical imaging and radiation therapy personnel.

“Our ultimate goal is patient safety,” said Diane Hutton, B.A., R.T.(R), legislative activities chairman of the MoSRT. “All patients in Missouri who undergo medical imaging or radiation therapy procedures should be cared for by educationally prepared, clinically competent and licensed radiologic technologists. It’s the right thing to do for all patients.”

Currently, individuals in Missouri can perform medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures without taking a single course in medical radiation safety, patient positioning or basic radiologic science physics.

Missouri is one of only five states, along with the District of Columbia, with no licensure or regulatory requirements for medical imaging and radiation therapy personnel.

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists strongly supports the enactment of state licensure for radiologic technologists.

Missouri State Capital Building
Missouri State Capitol Building

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