Bipartisan legislation that aims to improve patient safety by setting minimum federal standards for operators of medical imaging equipment was introduced in the Senate this week.
Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) on Monday introduced the Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility and Excellence in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Act of 2012 (PDF), which would require imaging-device operators to meet education, certification and licensure requirements set by organizations designated to do by so HHS.
The legislation is supported by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
“Numerous injuries and deaths have been attributed to over-exposure to radiation during medical procedures,” Enzi said in a statement. “Ensuring that radiologic technologists and medical imaging personnel are qualified and certified will minimize harmful exposure to patients.”