Accrediting Persons in the Practice of Medical Radiation, 32 Ill. Adm. Code 401, Illinois Register, April 4, 2014, Volume 38, Issue 14, p. 7422.
On October 1, 2013, the Agency was notified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist that it was increasing the cost of the examination for Limited Scope in Practice for Radiography. Since the Agency acts as a pass-through for the payment of the examination, the Agency is proposing this amendment to reflect the increase in cost. In addition, the Agency is updating old language in the rule.
Access to Facilities for Treatment, Storage, or Disposal of Low-Level Radioactive Waste, 32 Ill. Adm. Code 609, Illinois Register, February 14, 2014, Volume 38, Issue 7, p. 4238.
The Agency is proposing these amendments to update all references to the Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety (Department) to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (Agency) in accordance with Executive Order #12 (2003); remove all references to the Tracking System Operator since the Department/Agency assumed operation of the system back in 2000; update the Tracking System process to reflect actual practice; update the electronic data transmission file structure to include a missing data element; and, update the data element definition table to add additional proper shipping name identification numbers.
Use of X-Rays in the Healing Arts Including Medical, Dental,Podiatry, and Veterinary Medicine, 32 Ill. Adm. Code 360, Illinois Register, October 18, 2013, Volume 37, Issue 42, p. 16246.
This proposed rulemaking adds additional requirements in four major areas: quality assurance for digital imaging, computed tomography, radiation therapy misadministration and electronic brachytherapy. As digital imaging technology has become more common, the Agency needs to add requirements for quality assurance for such systems. Imaging with computed tomography is becoming increasingly common and additional requirements are necessary to maintain proper oversight by the Agency. Errors occurring in radiation therapy were not previously reported to the Agency, so new regulations will require facilities to investigate such incidents and report to the Agency. Electronic brachytherapy is a new technology and regulations are required for proper oversight by the Agency. The proposed rulemaking also prohibits the use of limited diagnostic radiographers by providers of portable x-ray services since federal Medicare rules require persons who perform portable x-ray examinations to have completed formal training in x-ray technology.