Radiology techs will face tougher accountability

August 1, 2006

A new rule in the ethics guidelines governing technologists will require that they immediately report imaging or treatment errors to the appropriate supervisor.

A new rule in the ethics guidelines governing technologists will require that they immediately report imaging or treatment errors to the appropriate supervisor. The change reflects the increased focus on accountability in healthcare in general and the emergence of "supertechs" in particular.

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists started enforcing the new rule in July to coincide with the first graduating class of Registered Radiologist Assistants (RAA), who are technologists with expanded responsibilities. Rule No. 22 calls for RAAs to immediately report information to their supervisors concerning an error made in connection with imaging, treating, or caring for a patient. Waiting a week to report such an incident would be in violation of the rule. Sanctions range from reprimand to revocation.

The rule was proposed and open for public comment last year.

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