WASHINGTON, March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Two events on Capitol Hill Tuesday,
April 4, will focus federal legislators' attention on radiologic technology:
* Registered radiologic technologists from the American Society of
Radiologic Technologists will meet with their home state lawmakers to persuade
them that enacting legislation regulating and setting standards for the
profession will improve the quality of national health care. ASRT, the
largest and oldest radiologic science organization, represents more than
* General Electric will preview its latest all digital mammography system
recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The new technology
will allow mammographers to obtain clearer, sharper images of breast tumors,
speeding diagnosis and healing.
However, obtaining reliable diagnostic images requires personnel with more
knowledge than simply how to operate the machinery. They need a background in
anatomy, biology and positioning techniques. They must be able to recognize
abnormal tissue and judge whether additional images are appropriate and
Federal standards for mammographers, enacted in 1994, require them to meet
basic competency and educational requirements under the Mammography Quality
Standards Act. But mammography represents only 8 percent of the millions of
radiologic procedures performed every year. With examinations scanning
everything from broken arms to brain tumors, everyone undergoing a radiologic
procedure should have the same assurance that the person performing their
procedure is qualified. Studies show that credentialed radiologic
technologists deliver significantly less radiation than untrained operators.
"Our goal while in Washington is to let legislators know that thousands of
inadequately trained, unqualified individuals perform radiologic procedures on
American patients every day," said DuVonne Campbell, ASRT Government Relations
Director. "Congress needs to step in with standards to protect Americans."
Tuesday, 78 registered technologists will ask their senators and
representatives to support the Consumer Assurance of Radiologic Excellence
Act. This proposed legislation would establish minimum educational and
credentialing standards for personnel who plan and deliver radiation therapy
and who perform all types of medical imaging examinations, except sonography.
Rep. Rick Lazio, R-N.Y., plans to introduce the CARE Act in the House of
Representatives this spring. Registered radiologic technologists are
available for comment Monday at the Doyle Washington Hotel, 202-483-6000 or
800-423-6953 through Donna Olmstead.
SOURCE American Society of Radiologic Technologists