Administrative Code

Virginia Administrative Code
5/19/2022

Part V. Practice of Radiologist Assistants

18VAC85-101-91. General requirements..

A. A licensed radiologist assistant is authorized to:

1. Assess and evaluate the physiological and psychological responsiveness of patients undergoing radiologic procedures;

2. Perform patient assessment, and assist in patient management and patient education;

3. Evaluate image quality, make initial observations, and communicate observations to the supervising radiologist;

4. Administer contrast media or other medications prescribed by the supervising radiologist; and

5. Perform, or assist the supervising radiologist in performing, imaging procedures consistent with the guidelines adopted by the American College of Radiology, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

B. A licensed radiologist assistant is not authorized to:

1. Provide official interpretation of imaging studies; or

2. Dispense or prescribe medications.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-2400 and 54.1-2956.8:1 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 28, Issue 5, eff. December 7, 2011.

18VAC85-101-92. Individual responsibilities to patients and to licensed doctor of medicine or osteopathic medicine.

A radiologist assistant shall practice under the direct supervision of a radiologist. Direct supervision shall mean that the radiologist is present in the facility and immediately available to assist and direct the performance of a procedure by a radiologist assistant. The supervising radiologist may determine that direct supervision requires his physical presence for the performance of certain procedures, based on factors such as the complexity or invasiveness of the procedure and the experience and expertise of the radiologist assistant.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-2400 and 54.1-2956.8:1 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 28, Issue 5, eff. December 7, 2011.

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