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Radiographer Scope of Practice

Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Professionals

The practice of radiography is performed by health care professionals responsible for the administration of ionizing radiation for diagnostic, therapeutic or research purposes. A radiographer performs radiographic procedures at the request of and for interpretation by a licensed independent practitioner.

Including:

  • Receiving, relaying and documenting verbal, written and electronic orders in the patient’s medical record.
  • Corroborating patient's clinical history with procedure, ensuring information is documented and available for use by a licensed independent practitioner
  • Verifying informed consent.
  • Assuming responsibility for patient needs during procedures.
  • Preparing patients for procedures.
  • Applying principles of ALARA to minimize exposure to patient, self and others.
  • Performing venipuncture as prescribed by a licensed independent practitioner.
  • Starting and maintaining intravenous access as prescribed by a licensed independent practitioner.
  • Identifying, preparing and/or administering medications as prescribed by a licensed independent practitioner.
  • Evaluating images for technical quality, ensuring proper identification is recorded.
  • Identifying and managing emergency situations.
  • Providing education.
  • Educating and monitoring students and other health care providers.
  • Performing ongoing quality assurance activities. 
The scope of practice of the radiographer also includes:
  • Performing diagnostic radiographic and noninterpretive fluoroscopic procedures as prescribed by a licensed independent practitioner.
  • Determining technical exposure factors. Effective June 16, 2013.
  • Assisting licensed independent practitioner with fluoroscopic and specialized radiologic procedures.
  • Applying the principles of patient safety during all aspects of radiographic procedures, including assisting and transporting patients.