• State Regulations and Legislation

TN Legislature Expands Licensure

Apr 29, 2016

The Tennessee General Assembly has adopted Senate Bill 899, a measure that expands licensure requirements to include additional types of health care settings where medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals practice. Previously in Tennessee, only personnel performing radiographic procedures in physicians' offices were required to hold a license.

Sponsored by Rep. Cameron Sexton, R-Dist. 25, and Sen. Paul Bailey, R-Dist. 15, S.B. 899 authorizes a new Tennessee Radiologic Imaging and Radiation Therapy Board of Examiners. The board will establish licensure requirements for all individuals performing medical imaging or radiation therapy procedures using ionizing radiation or magnetic resonance in hospitals, outpatient diagnostic centers, recuperation centers and physicians' offices.

“Ultimately, this is about patient safety,” said ASRT CEO Sal Martino, Ed.D., R.T.(R), FASRT, CAE. “Those who will undergo medical imaging or radiation therapy procedures in Tennessee should now feel assured that they will be cared for by educationally prepared, clinically competent and licensed radiologic technologists.”

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists worked with individual radiologic technologists in the state and the Tennessee Society of Radiologic Technologists during the legislative process.

“The ASRT is standing up to defend radiologic technologists anywhere professional standards may be compromised. We’re proud to work with our dedicated state affiliate societies to protect our profession and promote patient safety,” said Dr. Martino.

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