In 1978, the Legislature authorized the department to certify people who operate x-ray machines or who otherwise use radiation on people for medical reasons. Today there are over 27,000 active professionals certified in one of five main categories (Basic X-Ray Machine Operator, General Radiographer, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Radiation Therapy Technologist, and Radiologist Assistant) or one of four specialty categories (Computed Tomography, Mammography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or Positron Emission Tomography).
To become certified, each applicant must demonstrate competency typically in areas such as radiation protection, equipment operation and maintenance, image production and evaluation, procedures, and patient care. Each certificate is valid for 2 years during which the certificate holder must obtain 12 hours of continuing education. The department evaluates each continuing education course and furnishes a list of approved course providers to each technologist.
Department inspectors verify the certification of each technologist during the inspection of medical x-ray machines, nuclear medicine facilities and radiation therapy facilities.
Contact Information For Help with Radiologic Technology Licensure, Renewal, or CE Compliance Questions:
MQA Radiologic Technology Program
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin C85
Tallahassee, FL 32399-3252
Contact Information For Help with Approval of CE Providers, or Questions about Scope of Practice, Discipline Violations, or Technical Radiation Issues:
James Futch, Administrator
Bureau of Radiation Control
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin C21
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1741
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