General Diagnostic Radiographer: Applies x-rays to any part of a person\\’s body, including special procedures, to diagnose injury or disease. This includes positioning the patient, processing the film and manipulating the x-ray equipment. Limited Diagnostic Radiographer: Applies x-rays to a limited area of the body (chest, extremities, or spine) to diagnose injury or disease. This includes positioning the patient, processing the film and manipulating the x-ray equipment.
Code Citation Code of Iowa 641, Chapter 42
Who Applies Any individual wishing to practice general or limited diagnostic radiography in the State of Iowa.
When To Apply After the completion of academic and clinical requirements and passing required examination.
Initial Requirements In addition to being at least 18 years of age, the applicant must have a high school education or equivalent and the ability to perform necessary duties without constituting a hazard to the health or safety of patients, self, other health care workers or the general public. Specifically, the applicant must complete an approved course by either the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology or the Iowa Department of Public Health. The limited radiographers course lasts three to four months and is frequently an evening course with classes held one or two nights a week. The general radiographer course is a two-year, full-time program.
Duration One year.
Processing Time Two to three weeks.
Fee Structure Application: $100 Renewal: $75 Reinstatement: $150 Exam: $200 – Limited Radiographer
Renewal Requirements Twenty-four hours of continuing education are required biennially for the general diagnostic radiographers and twelve hours are required for the limited diagnostic radiographers.
Exam Upon completion of training, the general radiologic technologist must pass the primary radiography examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Upon completion of the training, limited radiographers must apply to the Bureau of Radiological Health to sit for the examination(s) specific to the limited scope permit they are applying for (chest, extremity and/or spine).
Additional Information Any individual wishing to practice general or limited diagnostic radiography in the State of Iowa.