CHAPTER 376c
RADIOGRAPHERS AND RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGISTS

Table of Contents

Sec. 20-74aa. Definitions.
Sec. 20-74bb. Licensure. Qualifications. Examination requirements. Fee.
Sec. 20-74cc. Disciplinary action.
Sec. 20-74dd. Performance of venipuncture and administration of intravenous medication.
Sec. 20-74ee. Construction of chapter.


Sec. 20-74aa. Definitions. As used in subsection (c) of section 19a-14 and sections 20-74aa to 20-74cc, inclusive, and 20-74ee:
(1) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Public Health.
(2) "Department" means the Department of Public Health.
(3) "Medical x-ray system" means an x-ray system designed for the irradiation of any part of the human body for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.
(P.A. 93-249, S. 1; 93-381, S. 9, 39; 93-435, S. 59, 95; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58.)
History: P.A. 93-381 and P.A. 93-435 authorized substitution of commissioner and department of public health and addiction services for commissioner and department of health services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995.

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Sec. 20-74bb. Licensure. Qualifications. Examination requirements. Fee. (a) No person shall operate a medical x-ray system unless he has obtained a license as a radiographer from the department pursuant to this section. Each person seeking licensure as a radiographer shall make application on forms prescribed by the department, pay an application fee of one hundred dollars and present to the department satisfactory evidence that he (1) has completed a course of study in radiologic technology in a program accredited by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation of the American Medical Association or its successor organization, or a course of study deemed equivalent to such accredited program by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and (2) has passed an examination prescribed by the department and administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
(b) From October 1, 1993, until January 1, 1995, a person seeking licensure pursuant to this section may present to the department satisfactory evidence that he has, from October 1, 1989, until October 1, 1994, practiced as a radiographer for at least thirty- six months, provided that any license issued pursuant to this subsection shall become void on October 1, 1997, unless the person has, on or before that date, presented to the department satisfactory evidence that he has met the requirement of subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of this section. Any person who (1) has taken and passed an examination by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, the American Registry of Clinical Radiology Technologists or other similar nationally recognized examination and is registered with such registry, (2) has been engaged in the practice of radiography for not less than twenty years, and (3) has not been the subject of any investigation or complaint by the Department of Public Health or similar agency, shall be deemed to have met the requirements of subdivisions (1) and (2) of subsection (a) of this section.
(c) A radiographer licensed pursuant to subsection (c) of section 19a-14 and sections 20-74aa to 20-74cc, inclusive, and 20-74ee may operate a medical x-ray system under the supervision and upon the written order of a physician licensed pursuant to chapter 370, a chiropractor licensed pursuant to chapter 372, a natureopath licensed pursuant to chapter 373, a podiatrist licensed pursuant to chapter 375, a dentist licensed pursuant to chapter 379 or a veterinarian licensed pursuant to chapter 384.
(d) Licenses shall be renewed annually in accordance with the provisions of section 19a-88. The fee for renewal shall be fifty dollars.
(e) No license shall be issued under this section to any applicant against whom professional disciplinary action is pending or who is the subject of an unresolved complaint in this or any other state or territory.
(f) No person shall use the title "radiographer" unless he holds a license issued in accordance with this section.
(g) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section a graduate of a course of study approved pursuant to subdivision (1) of said subsection may operate a medical x-ray system pending the results of the first examination for licensure scheduled following his graduation, provided such graduate is working in a hospital or similar organization where adequate supervision is provided.
(h) Notwithstanding the requirements of this section, the commissioner shall grant a license to any person who submits satisfactory evidence that he has a degree in radiography or identical field of study under a different designation from an institution of higher education authorized to grant degrees by the state or country where located, has a minimum of ten years experience in the field of radiography, has a temporary license from the Department of Public Health and applies for licensure prior to January 1, 1998.
(P.A. 93-249, S. 2; P.A. 94-210, S. 21, 30; P.A. 96-152, S. 1, 2; P.A. 97-213, S. 5, 13; P.A. 99-102, S. 27.)
History: P.A. 94-210 amended Subsec. (b) to extend dates from 1988 to 1989 and from 1993 to 1994, effective June 9, 1994; P.A. 96-152 added Subsec. (b) alternative qualifications for licensure and added Subsec. (g) allowing operation pending examination results, effective May 31, 1996; P.A. 97-213 added Subsec. (h) re granting of licenses to persons with a degree in radiography or identical field of study, effective June 26, 1997; P.A. 99-102 amended Subsec. (c) by deleting obsolete reference to an osteopathic physician licensed pursuant to chapter 371 and changing "shall" to "may" re operation of a medical x-ray system.

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Sec. 20-74cc. Disciplinary action. The department may take any action set forth in section 19a-17 if a person issued a license pursuant to section 20-74bb fails to conform to the accepted standards of the radiographer profession, including, but not limited to, the following: Conviction of a felony; fraud or deceit in the practice of radiography; illegal conduct; negligent, incompetent or wrongful conduct in professional activities; emotional disorder or mental illness; physical illness including, but not limited to, deterioration through the aging process; abuse or excessive use of drugs, including alcohol, narcotics or chemicals; wilful falsification of entries into any patient record pertaining to radiography; misrepresentation or concealment of a material fact in the obtaining or reinstatement of a radiographer license; or violation of any provisions of subsection (c) of section 19a-14 and sections 20-74aa and 20-74bb, this section and section 20-74ee. The commissioner may order a license holder to submit to a reasonable physical or mental examination if his physical or mental capacity to practice safely is the subject of an investigation. The commissioner may petition the superior court for the judicial district of Hartford to enforce such order or any action taken pursuant to section 19a- 17. Notice of any contemplated action under said section, the cause of the action and the date of a hearing on the action shall be given and an opportunity for hearing afforded in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54.
(P.A. 88-230, S. 1, 12; P.A. 90-98, S. 1, 2; P.A. 93-142, S. 4, 7, 8; 93-249, S. 3; P.A. 95-220, S. 4−6.)
History: P.A. 88-230, P.A. 90-98 and P.A. 93-142 authorized substitution of "judicial district of Hartford" for "judicial district of Hartford-New Britain" in public acts of the 1993 session of the general assembly, effective September 1, 1996; P.A. 95-220 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1996, to September 1, 1998, effective July 1, 1995.

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Sec. 20-74dd. Performance of venipuncture and administration of intravenous medication. In any hospital, as defined in section 19a-490, a radiologic technologist licensed by the Department of Public Health, who (1) has completed a course of study in radiologic technology in a program accredited by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation of the American Medical Association or its successor organization, or a course of study deemed equivalent to such accredited program by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and has passed an examination prescribed by the department and administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists or (2) is registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and has performed venipuncture in the course of his employment for at least three years immediately preceding June 29, 1993, may perform venipuncture and administer intravenous medication for diagnostic procedures.
(P.A. 93-296, S. 9, 10; 93-381, S. 9, 39; 93-435, S. 59, 95; P.A. 95-257, S. 12, 21, 58.)
History: P.A. 93-296 effective June 29, 1993; P.A. 93-381 and P.A. 93-435 authorized substitution of commissioner and department of public health and addiction services for commissioner and department of health services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health, effective July 1, 1995.

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Sec. 20-74ee. Construction of chapter. (a) Nothing in subsection (c) of section 19a-14, sections 20-74aa to 20-74cc, inclusive, and this section shall be construed to require licensure as a radiographer or to limit the activities of a physician licensed pursuant to chapter 370, a chiropractor licensed pursuant to chapter 372, a natureopath licensed pursuant to chapter 373, a podiatrist licensed pursuant to chapter 375, a dentist licensed pursuant to chapter 379 or a veterinarian licensed pursuant to chapter 384. Nothing in subsection (c) of section 19a-14, sections 20-74aa to 20-74cc, inclusive, and this section shall be construed to require licensure as a radiographer or to limit the activities of a dental hygienist licensed pursuant to chapter 379 provided that such dental hygienist is engaged in the taking of dental x-rays under the general supervision of a dentist licensed pursuant to chapter 379. Nothing in subsection (c) of section 19a-14, sections 20-74aa to 20-74cc, inclusive, and this section shall be construed to require licensure as a radiographer or to limit the activities of a dental assistant as defined in section 20-112a, provided such dental assistant is engaged in the taking of dental x-rays under the supervision and control of a dentist licensed pursuant to chapter 379 and can demonstrate by January 1, 1996, successful completion of the dental radiography portion of an examination prescribed by the Dental Assisting National Board. Nothing in subsection (c) of section 19a-14, sections 20-74aa to 20-74cc, inclusive, and this section shall be construed to require licensure as a radiographer or to limit the activities of a Nuclear Medicine Technologist certified by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board or the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, provided such individual is engaged in the operation of a bone densitometry system under the supervision, control and responsibility of a physician licensed pursuant to chapter 370. Nothing in subsection (c) of section 19a-14, sections 20-74aa to 20-74cc, inclusive, and this section shall be construed to require licensure as a radiographer or to limit the activities of a podiatric medical assistant, provided such podiatric assistant is engaged in taking of podiatric x-rays under the supervision and control of a podiatrist licensed pursuant to chapter 375 and can demonstrate successful completion of the podiatric radiography exam as prescribed by the Connecticut Board of Podiatry Examiners.
(b) No provision of subsection (c) of section 19a-14, sections 20-74aa to 20-74cc, inclusive, and this section shall be construed to prohibit students enrolled in a course of study in radiologic technology in a program accredited by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation of the American Medical Association or its successor organization from performing such work as is incidental to their course of study.
(P.A. 93-249, S. 4; P.A. 95-271, S. 29, 40; P.A. 99-102, S. 28; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-2, S. 25, 72.)
History: P.A. 95-271 extended from 1995 to 1996 the time within which a dental assistant must demonstrate successful completion of the dental radiography examination and added the exemption for certain technologists engaged in the operation of a bone densitometry system, effective July 6, 1995; P.A. 99-102 amended Subsec. (a) by deleting obsolete references to osteopathic physicians licensed pursuant to chapter 371; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 99-2 amended Subsec. (a) by adding provision prohibiting construction of specified statutes as requiring licensure or limiting activities of podiatric medical assistants, effective July 1, 1999.


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