7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill allows physical therapists to order the use of certain radiologic technology.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 ▸ allows physical therapists to order the use of radiologic imaging.
13 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
15 Other Special Clauses:
17 Utah Code Sections Affected:
19 58-54-303, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 61
21 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
22 Section 1. Section 58-54-303 is amended to read:
23 58-54-303. Supervision and prescription required.
24 (1) The practice of radiologic technology by a radiologic technologist licensed under
25 this chapter shall be under the general supervision of a radiologist or radiology practitioner and
26 may be performed only upon the order of a radiologist or radiology practitioner acting within
27 the scope of the radiologist's or radiology practitioner's license and experience within the scope
28 of practice of a radiology practitioner.
29 (2) (a) Notwithstanding Subsection (1), a physical therapist acting within the scope of
30 the physical therapist's license and experience may order plain radiographs and magnetic
31 resonance imaging if:
32 (i) the physical therapist designates a physician to receive the results of the plain
33 radiographs or magnetic resonance imaging; and
34 (ii) the physician designated in Subsection (2)(a)(i) agrees to receive the results of the
35 plain radiographs or magnetic resonance imaging.
36 (b) A physical therapist who orders plain radiographs or magnetic resonance imaging
37 under Subsection (2)(a) shall:
38 (i) communicate with the patient's physician to ensure coordination of care; and
39 (ii) refer a patient to an appropriate provider when the findings of the imaging that was
40 ordered by the physical therapist indicate that the services that are needed exceed the physical
41 therapist's experience and scope of practice.
42 (c) A physical therapist is not subject to Subsection (2)(b)(i) if:
43 (i) a radiologist has read the image and has not identified a significant finding;
44 (ii) the patient does not have a primary care physician; and
45 (iii) the patient was not referred to the physical therapist for health care services by
46 another health care provider.