Allow ARMRIT MRI Techs to apply for state licensing
ARMRIT has been around for 20 years in the MRI field, producing high quality Technologists.They recognize MRI Technology as a distinct medical imaging specialty utilizing non-ionizing radiation, as it is distinctly different from x-ray/CT. They also require MRI clinical experience and competency for eligibility which in turn promotes formal MRI education with MRI clinical training. Even with all the training we are still not allowed to work in hospitals and certain clinics unless we have a state license which allows us to use x-ray equipment even though we aren't using radiating medical equipment.
Just recently Oregon State has allowed ARMRIT Technologists to apply and receive there state license which allows them to apply and work in an array of different venues such as hospitals, that they were once not allowed to work in. The state of California has yet to include the ARMRIT certifying body under their Diagnostic imaging state license, known as CRT. According to this California health code: California Code of Regulations, Title 17, Sections 30440-30455.Health and Safety Code Sections 106955 to 107111, the CRT license authorizes the individual/s below: An authorization issued by the Department as required of any one who actuates or energizes x-ray equipment for medical purposes. Certificates: Diagnostic Radiologic Technology Therapeutic Radiologic Technology Mammography Radiologic Technology Radiologic Tech. Fluoroscopy Permit Any non-licentiate of the Medical Arts that uses x-ray in the medical treatment, and/or diagnosis of illness.
Unfortunately this stipulation has landed a lot of ARMRIT technologists left stranded looking for work because without this license(the license to operate x-ray equipment) we are not allowed to work in hospitals or other facilities which leaves the ones that will offer us employment very few and in between, and in this economic state it is vital that we all get a fair chance at equal opportunity. We have the knowledge and the skills to excel at what we do which is being Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists.
We as ARMRIT Technologists therefore request that the state take the time and effort to allow the ARMRIT certification to be once and for all apart of the state license so that we may work and actively pursue our careers in the health care industry with out hesitation! Eureka!
This petition will be mailed to the State of California Dept of Health by Dec. 1st 2011. If you support our efforts to allow ARMRIT MRI Technologists to be included under the state licensure, please add your signature below.