LETTER – Assembly approves Muñoz bill to license radiologist assistants

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz allowing the licensing of radiologist assistants received General Assembly approval today.

Muñoz said the role of radiologist assistant was created to help address a shortage of radiologists and provide a way for technicians to advance their careers.

“Radiologist assistants are advanced level technicians who serve as an extension of the physician,” said Muñoz (R-Union). “Their direct involvement in patient care and in the decision making process makes them an important addition to a radiology team.

“As demand for imaging services, such as MRIs and CAT scans is soaring, RAs help improve productivity and efficiency,” she continued. “However, since they are not permitted to practice in New Jersey, this talent is being outsourced to other states. This bill will help enhance patient care while providing a new career path for residents interested in health care.”

The bill (A4871/A4810) amends the Radiologic Technologist Act allowing for the licensure of radiologist assistants in New Jersey. Once licensed, an RA must be certified and registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. The bill requires the State Board of Medical Examiners to approve procedures and establish the level of supervision for RAs.