The Board has been made aware that the publication of its supervision policy and the documented levels of supervision required, has created several questions around its implementation. The Board’s understanding is that these questions are regarding those practitioners registered in training scopes. The Board is currently considering this matter and will provide further advice to the sector regarding implementation of the policy in due course.

The Board wishes to advise that in the interim, the status quo i.e., the level of supervision required before the policy was released, for those in “trainee scopes” remains.

About the Professions

Medical imaging technologists may do some or all of the following:

  • provide information to patients about what will happen during their examinations
  • prepare patients and equipment for examinations
  • produce diagnostic images for diagnosis of injuries or possible diseases
  • prepare and administer radioactive materials (tracers) or x-ray dye to patients
  • check the quality of images taken
  • write reports
  • perform quality assurance testing on equipment.

Radiation therapists may do some or all of the following:

  • work with radiation oncologists (cancer specialists) to plan and deliver treatment
  • use computed tomography (CT) scans, computer programmes and clinical information to plan radiation treatment
  • make immobilisation devices, such as masks, to help patients lie still during treatment
  • build rapport and communicate with patients during treatment
  • deliver radiation treatment using high energy x-ray machines (linear accelerators)
  • educate people about radiation therapy and its side effects.