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Wisconsin Licensure Goes Into Effect March 1

Feb 24, 2012

Wisconsin's radiography licensure law goes into effect March 1, regulating personnel who perform radiography procedures.

The law, passed in 2009, requires registered radiologic technologists to hold a license to continue performing radiography imaging services. In addition, non-registered personnel must pass Wisconsin’s limited scope of practice in radiography examination to receive their limited x-ray machine operator permit.

Also, the law prohibits using diagnostic x-ray equipment on humans for diagnostic purposes without a prescription or order by a physician, dentist, podiatrist, chiropractor, advanced practice nurse prescriber or physician assistant.

As part of the law, the state of Wisconsin created a seven-member radiography examining board that has regulatory authority to promulgate rules to establish licensure standards for radiography. The board has managed the licensing and permitting process since 2010.

Information about the state’s licensure requirements and applicable forms can be found at In addition, visit for information about the limited x-ray machine operator permitting process.



Sandra Helinski
March 1, 2012
6:41 a.m.

Congratulations Wisconsin! You should be proud to be a state that is looking out for the radiation safety of its patients. After 6 years of legislative effort and the hard work of the Radiography Examining Board created by Act 106,2009, the law to ensure that knowledgeable and competent personnel are performing the important work of radiography is in place. Wisconsin is now well-positioned to administer the CARE Bill when it passes, addressing all modalities beyond the x-ray--the gateway examination to diagnosis and treatment. Safe,Quality,and cost-effective radiologic health care--the essence of our state law and the CARE Bill. Sandra Helinski RT(R), QM, MR WSRT Legislative Committee Chair


Brandon Holt
March 8, 2012
7:01 a.m.

Congrats fellow Big 10-ers! In reading this, it sounds very similar to the licensure requirements and design in Nebraska. I am on the licensing board in Nebraska & we've had really good luck regulating & addressing situations as they arrive. There are always growing pains, but in the end this ensures patient & public safety. Best of luck.


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