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Texas APRNs Could Perform Imaging Duties

Feb 08, 2017

The American Society of  Radiologic Technologists and Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists oppose a pair of bills introduced in the Texas legislature that would allow advanced practice registered nurses to perform diagnostic tests.

As written, House Bill 1415 and Senate Bill 681 would exempt APRNs from established state licensing requirements and allow them to perform medical imaging procedures without any education or training in radiation protection measures, patient positioning techniques and radiation physics principles.

By allowing individuals with no education or training to perform medical imaging procedures that use ionizing radiation, the state of Texas is putting patients at risk for radiation overexposure, multiple exams and positioning errors.

Only registered radiologic technologists should perform procedures that use ionizing radiation. APRNs do not have the education, experience or skills required to perform highly technical procedures like conventional radiography and fluoroscopy, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging or nuclear medicine.

ASRT encourages radiologic technologists in Texas to contact their legislators in Austin and ask them to oppose H.R. 1415 and S.B. 681.

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