How to Become a Radiology Tech in Louisiana - LA
The Louisiana Society of Radiological Technologists and its parent organization, the American Society of Radiological Technologists, have been fighting for a decade to get Congress to pass the Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility and Excellence (CARE) in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Bill. This bill would require the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to nationalize and standardize the requirements for radiologic technologists (and other related healthcare providers) to be certified and provide treatment.
While passage of this bill would still permit Louisiana to license radiologic technicians (as opposed to a federal license), it would force states to follow federal guidelines. Right now, Louisiana requires radiologic technologists to pass a national exam, which in effect certifies them. But a national standard would make it easier to transfer to any other state and know that the qualifications that licensed you in Louisiana are universal throughout America, or that you could earn a license in another state and transfer your skills to a new career in Louisiana.
The recent debate over whether women under 50 should undergo regular mammograms is a reminder that radiological technologists wield a double-edged sword. They operate equipment that has saved countless lives over the past century, but the fear of the damage that might be done by the equipment is often in the public mind. It is part of the job of the radiological technologist not to know how to use the equipment properly, but to earn the trust of patients, help them understand the process and the machinery, and work with healthcare professionals to diagnose and remedy medical issues while helping give people peace of mind.
How to Become a Radiology Tech in Louisiana
MRIs and ultrasounds use magnets and sound waves to image tissue in the human body. X-Rays and radiographs use ionizing radiation. Exposing people to ionizing radiation is a potentially lethal thing to do. That’s why Louisiana (and most other states) requires you to have at least a temporary permit to operate radiologic equipment. The temporary permit must eventually be replaced by a license after the results of your certification exam are received by the LSRTBE or the Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners (BME). You can apply for your license through BME if you are working in a physician’s private office, or through the LSRTBE, if you are working in any other location.
To apply for licensure, you must be 18 years old, have finished high school and finished a radiography, radiation therapy technology or nuclear medicine technology course approved by the Board.
You must also be certified by passing a national exam. In Louisiana, radiology tech training is very important so you have the knowledge to sit for the certification exam. You can take the exam through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), which offers a computer-based, multiple-choice radiography test of 200 questions that takes about 4 hours.
If you have already been licensed in a state whose standards are at least as high as Louisiana’s (not all states require licensing: some only require certification from a national organization), you can apply for a Louisiana license by reciprocity and not have to re-take the ARRT exam.
Louisiana Radiology Tech Associations
Louisiana Society of Radiologic Technologists (LSRT)
LSRT contracts with a lobbying firm to keep its members abreast on issues that may affect the profession in Louisiana. LSRT offers RTs continuing education courses and networking opportunities at its annual meeting. There are nine district chapters of the LSRT.
Louisiana Society of Radiological Technologists
520 Jackson Street
Denham Springs, LA 70726