Chapter 30, Article 23, Section 1 of the West Virginia Code was passed by HB 483 on July 1, 1977. The Code was revised during the 2007 Legislative session. This revision, effective June 10, 2007, changes the name of the Board to the Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Technology Board of Examiners. The disciplines of Nuclear Medicine and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) will also be regulated with this revision. The Board made several changes to the Code in 2009. The changes were vetoed by the Governor, but re-passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor, with an effective date of May 27, 2009. The Original Rule and Regulations were promulgated July 1, 1978. The Series 1 rule was updated in 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006 and the current Rule took effect on April 15, 2008. The Series 2 rule was written and passed by the Legislature in 1998 and revised during the 2008 Legislative session. The effective date of the Series 2 Rule was April 15, 2008. The Series 3 Rule was implemented on January 15, 2001 as a Procedural Rule and revised with an effective date of October 12, 2007. The Series 4 Rule is also a Procedural Rule which was revised and implemented with an effective date of October 12, 2007. The Series 5 Rule is the Standard of Ethics, which has the Standard of Practice and Code of Ethics. The Series 5 Rule was originally implemented as an Intrepretative Rule. However, this Rule was submitted for Legislative approval during the 2006 Legislative session, revised during the 2008 session and became effective on April 15, 2008. Series 5 is a Legislative Rule. The Series 6 Rule is the Board's newest Interpretative Rule which defines the Practice of Radiologic Technology. The original Series 6 Rule took effect on October 12, 2007. It was revised and implemented in 2009 with an effective date of July 10, 2009.
30-23-1 "The Legislature finds that in the interest of public health that:
(1) The people of this state should be protected from excessive and improper exposure to ionizing radiation, radioactive isotopes, radio waves, and magnetic fields energy; and
(2) A person performing medical imaging or radiation therapy technology in this state shall be licensed. Therefore, it is the purpose of this article to regulate the practice of medical imaging or radiation therapy in this state by requiring that a person have a license, apprentice license or permit when practicing medical imaging or radiation therapy technology."
TITLE 18 - LEGISLATIVE RULES FOR MEDICAL IMAGING & RADIATION THERAPY TECHNOLOGISTS:
18-1-1.1 Scope. -- Except as otherwise specifically provided, this rule applies to all persons in West Virginia who apply medical imaging and radiation therapy or assist in the application of medical imaging or radiation therapy to human beings for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes under the supervision of a licensed practitioner. This rule establishes the general requirements for licensure of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Technologist in West Virginia.