Medical Assistants and Limited Scope Radiography

I receive fewer questions than I did seven or 10 years ago about the legalities of medical assistants performing limited scope radiography. However, in some states medical assistants are called upon to expose patients to ionizing radiation, as specifically directed by the overseeing/delegating provider.

The legality of this task is governed by state law. In some states unlicensed professionals such as medical assistants are forbidden from doing any limited scope radiography. Only licensed radiologic technologists are permitted to perform radiography. In other states medical assistants are required to complete a short course and pass a test in order to be delegated limited scope radiography. In other states limited scope radiography under direct/on-site provider supervision is not regulated. Physicians are permitted to delegate limited scope radiography to knowledgeable and competent employees.

About Donald A. Balasa

Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA, chief executive officer and legal counsel for the American Association of Medical Assistants, keeps his eye on what is happening in the profession.
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33 Responses to Medical Assistants and Limited Scope Radiography

  1. Susan Mattern says:

    Do you have access to which states allow which?
    Thanks
    Susan M
    New Mexico

  2. Kari Vickery says:

    How about Oregon?

  3. Logan says:

    Will you please email me about North Carolina !!

  4. Patricia W Clark says:

    Please email me about the requirements in NC.

  5. Krista Hammock says:

    Please e-mail the Alaska requirements.

  6. Mindy says:

    Please send Oklahoma requirements. Thanks!

    • Oklahoma
      Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision
      5104 N. Francis, Suite C
      PO Box 18256
      Oklahoma City, OK 73118-6020
      405-271-5243
      http://www.ok.gov
      Radiology Licensing in Oklahoma
      – Radiographer – The state of Oklahoma does not license the operators of x-ray equipment, nor does it have any requirements relative to the licensure or credentialing of x-ray machine operators.
      – Radiologist Assistant – Must pass the ARRT exam.

      Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA
      Chief Executive Officer, Legal Counsel
      American Association of Medical Assistants
      Ph: 800/228-2262 | Fax: 312/899-1259 | http://www.aama-ntl.org
      The CMA (AAMA): Health Care’s Most Versatile Professional®

  7. Shelly Kaster says:

    Hello Mr. Balasa, would you please email Michigan’s requirements, thank you.

  8. Erin O'Hara-Leslie says:

    Hello– Can you please email New York’s policy? Also, is there a full list we can access that will show state by state requirements? Thank you! Erin O’Hara-Leslie

    • I will be happy to do so. Scope of practice laws for most states are posted on the AAMA website under the “Employer” tab.

      Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA
      Chief Executive Officer, Legal Counsel
      American Association of Medical Assistants
      Ph: 800/228-2262 | Fax: 312/899-1259 | http://www.aama-ntl.org
      The CMA (AAMA): Health Care’s Most Versatile Professional®

  9. Nick says:

    Are medical assistants allowed to perform simple diagnostic x-rays under the direct supervision of a licensed supervising physician or direct supervision delegated through use of a licensed physician assistant or licensed nurse practitioner in the state of Louisiana. I can’t seem to find a good answer for this. Thanks, Nick

  10. cynthia Miller says:

    Will you please email me florida and virginia

  11. Candy Francis says:

    Could you email me about Indiana. Please and Thank you!

  12. Jenny Hulsey says:

    Mr. Balasa could you email me about Nevada please and thank you.

  13. Debbie M Campbell says:

    What are the requirements in Georgia? Thanks.

  14. Diana Carroll says:

    Can you send the information for the state of Utah, thank you.

  15. Courtney Missinne says:

    How about Wisconsin and Minnesota, sister states cross over by a bridge..

    • I will be happy to email the information to you.

      I like Wisconsin and Minnesota! I have close family in both states, and a lot of pleasant memories.

      I enjoy driving over that bridge in La Crosse and watching the bald eagles soar above the Mississippi River☺!

      Don

      Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA
      Chief Executive Officer, Legal Counsel
      American Association of Medical Assistants
      Ph: 800/228-2262 | Fax: 312/899-1259 | http://www.aama-ntl.org
      The CMA (AAMA): Health Care’s Most Versatile Professional®

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