2017 ORS 688.515¹
Limited X-ray machine operator permit
  • fees
  • qualifications
  • rules

(1) The Board of Medical Imaging shall issue a limited X-ray machine operator permit to an applicant to practice under the supervision of a licensed physician, a licensed nurse practitioner or a licensed physician assistant if the applicant meets the requirements as provided in this section. A limited X-ray machine operator permit shall state the category or categories for which the applicant has demonstrated competence and shall be limited to one of the categories listed below or as established by the board by rule:

(a) Skull and sinuses;

(b) Spine;

(c) Chest;

(d) Extremities;

(e) Podiatric; or

(f) Bone densitometry.

(2) Limited X-ray machine operator permits may not be issued for fluoroscopy, bony thorax studies, abdominal studies, contrast studies or special head studies such as tomography, radiation therapy or any of the other medical imaging modalities or subspecialties other than the categories listed in subsection (1) of this section or as established by the board by rule.

(3) Each applicant for a limited X-ray machine operator permit shall:

(a) Make an application in writing;

(b) Pay an application fee in an amount set by the board;

(c) Be at least 18 years of age;

(d) Have successfully passed a board-approved course of instruction in radiation use and safety consisting of the number of hours of instruction required by the board by rule;

(e) Have successfully completed a course of instruction approved by the board and taught by a board-approved, licensed radiographer in laboratory practice specific to each category for which the applicant seeks a limited X-ray machine operator permit, with the instructor’s certifying to the board that the applicant has completed the course in those categories applied for;

(f) Have successfully completed a practical experience program approved by the board, specific to each category for which the applicant seeks a limited X-ray machine operator permit. Such program shall include operation of an energized X-ray machine under the supervision of a radiographer;

(g) Have paid the examination fee set by board rule to reflect the actual cost of the examination;

(h) Have successfully passed an examination approved by the board in the core module as defined in rules adopted by the board, and in those categories in which the applicant seeks a limited X-ray machine operator permit;

(i) Have undergone a background check to the satisfaction of the board as established in rules adopted by the board;

(j) Not have had any type of license or permit revoked by this state or any state, territory of the United States or nation; and

(k) Meet the standards of ethical conduct established in the professional standards of a credentialing organization or a medical imaging modality’s professional society.

(4) Upon meeting the requirements of this section, the board shall issue a limited X-ray machine operator permit to the applicant. The limited X-ray machine operator permit is subject to the renewal procedures described in ORS 688.445 (Licensing and renewal procedure).

(5) Every person issued a limited X-ray machine operator permit shall notify the board in writing of the name of each licensed physician, licensed nurse practitioner or licensed physician assistant supervising the person’s performance of diagnostic radiography and may only perform diagnostic radiography while being supervised by a licensed physician, licensed nurse practitioner or licensed physician assistant. In the event the person subsequently is supervised by a licensed physician, licensed nurse practitioner or licensed physician assistant other than the physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant whose name was initially furnished to the board, the person shall immediately notify the board in writing.

(6) Limited X-ray machine operators must meet the standards of ethical conduct equal to those of a licensed radiographer. [1977 c.534 §14; 1979 c.443 §4; 1979 c.449 §1; 1981 c.603 §4; 1985 c.325 §2; 1989 c.214 §3; 1989 c.337 §1; 1991 c.535 §2; 1993 c.247 §3; 1995 c.124 §1; 1997 c.106 §2; 1997 c.367 §3; 1999 c.517 §7; 1999 c.522 §1; 2009 c.833 §12; 2011 c.9 §87]

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Authority of Board of Radiologic Technology to issue limited permit restricted to performing diagnostic X-ray technology on certain parts of human body, (1978) Vol 39, p 86

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Licensing require­ments for hospital technicians employed by state correc­tional facilities, (1987) Vol 45, p 188

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 688—Therapeutic and Technical Services: Physical Therapists; Medica, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors688.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 688, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano688.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
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