The Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Societies of Radiologic Technologists are pleased to announce that House Bill 1545 was introduced by Rep. Bryan Cutler, R.T.(R). The PSRT, ASRT and Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography have worked together to draft a licensure bill to protect our profession and the citizens of Pennsylvania from unqualified persons operating medical imaging and radiation therapy equipment. H.B. 1545 will create standards for radiographers, radiologist assistants, radiation therapists, nuclear medicine technologists, magnetic resonance technologists, sonographers, limited x-ray machine operators and physician assistants performing fluoroscopy procedures. Current standards for medical imaging and radiation therapy personnel are scattered throughout state statutes and regulations, and there is no consistency in how, or in which situations or settings, these laws are applied.
H.B. 1545 will establish a Pennsylvania Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Board of Examiners to establish qualifications for licensure and to investigate patient care incidents. Ensuring that facilities and practices hire educated and competent medical imaging and radiation therapy personnel protects patients from unnecessary, and possibly unsafe, use of radiation and misdiagnosis from poorly performed medical images.
Our bill sponsor, Rep. Bryan Cutler, is from southern Lancaster County and a registered radiographer. Rep. Cutler is currently the House majority whip and previously worked at Lancaster Regional Medical Center and Lancaster General Hospital after graduating from the Lancaster General School of Radiology and receiving the Mallinckrodt Award for Clinical Excellence.