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AB-352 Radiologist assistants.(2011-2012)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 7.75 (commencing with Section 3550) is added to Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code, to read:

CHAPTER  7.75. Radiologist Assistants
3550.
 (a) No person shall hold himself or herself out to be a certified radiologist assistant unless he or she has done the following:
(1) Has been certified by the State Department of Public Health as a diagnostic radiologic technologist and has been issued a radiologic technologist fluoroscopy permit.
(2) Has completed a radiologist assistant education program recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
(3) Has been certified as a registered radiologist assistant by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, or has been certified as a radiology practitioner assistant by the Certification Board of Radiology Practitioner Assistants.
(b) It is an unfair business practice within the meaning of Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 17200) of Part 2 of Division 7 for any person to use the title of “certified radiologist assistant” or any other term, including, but not limited to, “licensed,” “registered,” or “RA,” that implies or suggests that the person is certified as a radiologist assistant, if the person does not meet the requirements of subdivision (a).
(c) A radiologist assistant shall work under the direction and supervision of a physician and surgeon licensed under Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 2050) and that direction and supervision shall be within the specialty or usual and customary practice of the physician and surgeon. A qualified physician and surgeon shall either hold, or be exempt from holding, an operator supervisor permit pursuant to the Radiologic Technology Act, as defined in Section 27 of the Health and Safety Code, for ionizing radiation, fluoroscopy, or the use and handling of nuclear medicine material, as appropriate for procedures that are being supervised. The supervising physician and surgeon shall be physically present on the premises and available to the radiologist assistant when medical services are rendered and shall oversee the activities of, and accept responsibility for the medical services rendered by, the radiologist assistant.
(d) A certified radiologist assistant may supervise a radiologic technologist in the performance of medical imaging procedures using fluoroscopy and is exempted from the provisions of Section 107110 of the Health and Safety Code and Section 30463 of Title 17 of the California Code of Regulations.
(e) A radiologist assistant may make initial observations regarding the images for the qualified physician and surgeon, but may not provide image interpretation, provide a diagnosis, or prescribe medications or therapies, as defined by the American College of Radiology.