Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has signed state house bill 509 into law that acknowledges the advanced practice of radiologist assistants (RAs).
The bill recognizes the position of RAs as "an advanced level as determined by board rule." The bill states that the procedures include, but are not limited to "enteral and parenteral procedures when performed under the direction of the supervising radiologist and may include injecting diagnostic agents to sites other than intravenous, performing diagnostic aspirations and localizations, and assisting radiologists with other invasive procedures."
Georgia's enactment of House bill 509 makes it the 25th state to recognize the RA, according to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT). However, while legally recognizing RAs, it is also the second state not to license radiologic technologists.