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An important letter from our ASRT President:

 Dear ASRT Member:
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has introduced a regulatory proposal that would allow advanced practice registered nurses full practice authority without clinical supervision or mandatory collaboration with physicians. Full practice authority includes the ability to, “Order, perform, supervise, and interpret laboratory and imaging studies” in VA facilities. The ASRT strongly opposes this measure as only registered radiologic technologists should perform procedures that use ionizing radiation. Certified nurse practitioners do not have the education, experience or skills required to perform highly technical procedures like conventional radiography and fluoroscopy, computed tomography, magnetic resonance, nuclear medicine, vascular-interventional procedures or bone densitometry. This proposal is a threat to patients and registered radiologic technologists.
We encourage all radiologic technologists to join in our effort to oppose this shortsighted proposal. Please submit your comments to the federal government and let them know that you strongly oppose the VA’s efforts to bypass patient safety measures by allowing nonqualified certified nursing professionals to perform medical imaging procedures. You can submit comments to the Federal Register at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/05/25/2016-12338/advanced-practice-registered-nurses#h-4. ASRT has also created a message to send to your federal lawmakers in Congress urging them to contact the VA and voice opposition to this proposal.  Please go to the ASRT Advocacy Action Center to email your congressman and senators. Your urgent action is needed today!

Sincerely,

Sandra Hayden, M.A., R.T.(T), FASRT ASRT President

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The purpose of this Society shall be to advance the professions of radiation and imaging disciplines and specialties, maintain  high standards’ of education to enhance the quality of patient care;  and  to further the welfare and socioeconomics of radiologic technologists.

The Alaska Society of Radiologic Technologists (AKSRT)  is in a very active growth phase to improve the value of the one, and only, professional organization for medical imaging professionals (MIP) in Alaska.  It is an affiliate society of the national American Society of Radiologic Technologists, and provides a venue for continuing education, problem solving, and sharing of resources for those who value insuring that radiation of human subjects is used safely.  Please view the various options found above on the action bar.Even better, if you are not yet a member consider adding your voice and talents to improving the organization as well as your own profession.  We all win when we work together.  (We continue to update the website to make it more functional.   Thank you for visiting us.)           

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