Radiology, computed technology, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and mammography technicians play a vital role in the field of medical imaging, assisting in the diagnosis and treatment of various medical conditions. In California, these professionals are required to maintain a valid license and fulfill continuing education requirements to stay updated with the latest advancements in their respective fields.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is the governing body responsible for regulating these professionals.
Continuing education requirements for radiology, computed technology, MRI, and mammography technicians in California differ based on the type of license held. Radiologic technologists and computed tomography (CT) technologists are required to complete a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education every two years. Of these 24 hours, at least 4 hours must be focused on radiation safety, and another 4 hours must be in digital radiography.
MRI technologists, similarly, must complete a total of 24 hours of continuing education every two years, with 12 hours specifically related to MRI and the remaining 12 hours applicable to radiologic technology, with at least 4 of them in digital radiography. For mammography technicians, a total of 15 hours of continuing education is required every two years, with at least 10 hours dedicated to mammography-specific topics.
All continuing education must be obtained from an approved provider, such as an accredited educational institution, a professional organization, or a recognized healthcare provider.
In addition to completing the required continuing education, radiology, computed technology, MRI, and mammography technicians in California must also maintain documentation of their completed courses and be prepared to provide proof of completion upon request by the CDPH or other regulatory agencies. Failure to meet the continuing education requirements may result in the suspension or revocation of the technician's license.