Idaho introduces RT licensure bill

Idaho legislators have introduced a bill that would require individuals in the state to obtain a license before performing medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures, according to the Idaho Society of Radiologic Technologists (ISRT).

Idaho does not currently have any licensing standards for radiologic technologists; individuals can perform procedures without taking any courses in medical radiation safety, patient positioning, or basic radiologic science physics, the organization said.

S 1115 would require the personnel who operate radiologic equipment to complete a series of stringent educational requirements and pass a certification examination, according to ISRT. If the legislation is passed, the state will create a board of radiologic imaging and radiation therapy examiners that will oversee the licensing requirements for all those who perform medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures and administer disciplinary measures and penalties.

The bill is currently awaiting a hearing in the Idaho Senate Committee on Health and Welfare, ISRT said.

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