The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) has announced its support of a new licensure bill introduced in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
HB 1811, the Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Health and Safety Act, is sponsored by Rep. Ted Nesbit. The legislation, if passed, would establish the Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Board of Examiners and provide that board with specific powers and responsibilities. Those board’s would include providing licensure standards for medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals throughout Pennsylvania.
“Current technical personnel standards in the state of Pennsylvania can vary widely based on the type of medical examination or even the type of facility in which the exam or treatment is performed, often leading to inconsistent quality of care and potential lapses in patient safety,” according to an ASRT statement.
In addition to the ASRT, the Pennsylvania Society of Radiologic Technologists, Philadelphia Society of Radiologic Technologists, Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Technologist Section and American Registry of Radiologic Technologists all support this proposal and “urge all radiologic technologists in the state to contact their legislators and ask for support,” according to the statement.