According to a recent article posted on the ASRT website, The Joint Commission recently approved new standards that specify minimum qualifications for technologists who perform diagnostic computed tomography exams for accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory care organizations.
Technologists who perform diagnostic computed tomography exams will be required to have advanced-level certification in CT by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists or the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board or have one of the following qualifications:
- State licensure that permits them to perform diagnostic CT exams and documented training on the provision of diagnostic CT exams.
- Registration and certification in radiography by ARRT and documented training on the provision of diagnostic CT exams.
- Certification in nuclear medicine technology by ARRT or NMTCB and documented training on the provision of diagnostic CT exams.
The ASRT was instrumental in shaping the new requirements on behalf of its members and in the best interest of patient safety.
The changes take effect on Sept. 1, 2016.