Georgia Society of Radiologic Technologists, Inc.
A Proud Affiliate of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists
Georgia remains one of only a few states that do not license medical imaging professionals, and our current state regulations (a minimum of six hours of radiation safety training) are definitely inadequate and not even being enforced due to budget cuts. The main issue is patient safety. Patients assume that anyone given the responsibility of performing a medical imaging procedure is properly trained; however, there are still many offices, urgent care centers, pain clinics, and other areas that employ untrained or undertrained personnel to operate x-ray, fluoroscopy, and advanced imaging modalities.
The GSRT is diligently working towards resolving this issue. James Reaves, BS, RT(R)(MR)(CT), our Legislative Chairman and his committee, have become a "force to reckon with". They are working with the ASRT, ARRT, GRS, Lobbyists and other state Societies in the pursuit for licensure!
Georgia Introduces Licensure Bill!
From ASRT Home (ASRT.org) / News, Research and Publications / News Room - Jun 24, 2020
House Bill 1222, a bill to establish licensure standards for personnel who perform radiography, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine and limited x-ray machine procedures, has been introduced in the Georgia Legislature.
Introduced by Rep. Sharon Cooper, the bill would create the Georgia Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Board. In addition, all individuals performing medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures would be required to obtain a license from the board before Jan. 1, 2024.
The bill has been submitted to the House Health and Human Services Committee chaired by Rep. Cooper. Georgia also requires all bills that create new professional or occupational licensure programs to undergo a review by the Georgia Occupational Regulation Review Council before enactment.
HB 1222 is supported by the Georgia Society of Radiologic Technologists, American Society of Radiologic Technologists, American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Technologist Section and the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board.