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Senate RadCARE Bill would improve quality of patient care, says SNMTS

RESTON, Va.--The Senate version of the Consumer Assurance of Radiologic Excellence (known as RadCARE, S2322), which was introduced Feb. 17, provides for national education and credentialing standards for nuclear medicine technologists, radiologic technologists and radiation therapists and will improve the quality of patient care, says SNMTS President Valerie R. Cronin, CNMT, FSNMTS.

"The quality of patients' radiologic exams improves by increasing the educational standards for those who perform them," said Cronin, the director of imaging services in the Catholic Health System of Western New York in Buffalo, N.Y. "Patients will definitely benefit from passage of this bill. Under current law, basic training standards are voluntary in some states, allowing individuals to perform medical imaging procedures and radiation therapy treatments without any formal education," she noted. "An individual specifically educated to perform imaging procedures knows correct patient positioning and technical factors, allowing for accurate diagnosis and treatment," added Cronin, who speaks for the 8,000 nuclear medicine technologists of SNM's Technologist Section.

"If passed, the Senate RadCARE bill--and the House's similar CARE bill (HR 1426)--would help alleviate many of the current practice issues facing the molecular imaging/nuclear medicine profession with the establishment of national standards to govern the education and training of those that work in medical imaging," agreed Lyn M. Mehlberg, CNMT, FSNMTS, chair of the SNMTS Advocacy Committee. She said that the bill would also address access issues, such as who can operate computed tomography (CT) equipment in states with regulation or licensure for radiographers but not for nuclear medicine technologists. "SNM and SNMTS leaders--along with members of both the SNM Government Relations and SNMTS Advocacy committees--resolve to seek answers to the very questions that create barriers to the growth of our profession,
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Contact: Maryann Verrillo
mverrillo@snm.org
703-708-9000
Society of Nuclear Medicine
27-Feb-2006


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