Last week, Minister Hoskins introduced the Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act, 2017, Bill 160, part of which proposes changes to the Medical Radiation Technology Act to strengthen and make more transparent oversight of diagnostic medical sonographers. The changes will also result in the Act’s name becoming the Medical Radiation and Imaging Technology Act. The new legislation means that in addition to MRTs diagnostic medical sonographers will now become regulated health professionals.

The new Medical Radiation and Imaging Technology Act will affect the CMRTO:

  • by changing the CMRTO’s name to reflect its full membership, including diagnostic medical sonographers, to the College of Medical Radiation and Imaging Technologists of Ontario (CMRITO) 

  • by changing the current CMRTO scope of practice statement to include the "application of soundwaves" in order to incorporate the practise of diagnostic medical sonographers 

  • by appropriately identifying all medical radiation and imaging professionals who are members of the (new) CMRITO. 

To read the Ministry’s news release about the Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act, click here: https://goo.gl/ay8MdU.

To read Bill 160 and see all the proposed changes to the Medical Radiation Technology Act, click here:https://goo.gl/iVsdTf.

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