ASRT comments on imaging licensure bill in Pennsylvania

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) released a statement Sep. 12, announcing their support of a new bill that would create regulations and licensure for medical imaging and radiation professionals.

The Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Health and Safety Act, introduced into the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Sept. 6, would require a board of examiners to institute requirements and develop the regulatory and licensing standards, according to an ASRT statement. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Ted Nesbit.

Current standards in the state vary widely based on medical exam, and sometimes, the type of facility an exam is performed in. This leads to unpredictable quality in care, potentially detrimental to patient safety.

In addition to the ASRT, the Pennsylvania Society of Radiologic Technologists, the Philadelphia Society of Radiologic Technologists, Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Technologist Section and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists all support the proposed bill and urge all radiologic technologists in the state to contact their legislators to garner more support.