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Tue., March 12, 2013, 1:16 p.m.

Bill to license X-ray techs stalls; Idaho one of just 6 states with no standards

Idaho is one of just six states with no training or certification requirements whatever for workers who run X-rays on patients, from simple pictures to CT scans and other complicated imagery – and it’s the only state in the region. Yet legislation introduced this year to start licensing those technicians in the state is languishing in the Idaho Senate, where it hasn’t gotten a hearing.

“In Idaho, the people that are using radiation don’t have to go to school,” said Mike Gurr, chairman of the Idaho Society of Radiologic Technologists. “And that’s scary when you realize what we do for the medical community.” All of Idaho’s neighboring states have standards for X-ray techs or radiologic technologists; typically, an associate’s degree level of training is required. The only states that lack any rules, other than Idaho, are Alabama, Alaska, Missouri, South Dakota and North Carolina. You can read my full story here at

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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