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(1) Course providers shall receive board approval prior to offering the courses outlined below and shall submit a request for reapproval every two years thereafter. The provider shall submit for the board's review, a course outline, agenda and the identification and qualifications of all instructors.

(2) The course shall be 40 hours in length and consist of the following:

(a) fundamentals of radiobiology,

(b) imaging equipment,

(c) fundamentals of radiation protection,

(d) fundamentals of x-ray physics,

(e) radiographic technique and principles of radiographic exposure,

(f) darkroom procedures,

(g) interrelationship of the radiographic chain, (i.e. technique vs darkroom procedures) ,

(h) adverse contrast reaction.

(3) An additional course, to include anatomy, physiology, positioning, pathology, x-ray technique and proper handling of trauma patients, shall be required for the applicant to qualify for examination in each of the specified limited x-ray procedures. Course length is specified for each limited x-ray procedure.

(a) chest - four hours,

(b) extremities - eight hours,

(c) spine - eight hours,

(d) skull - eight hours,

(e) abdomen - four hours,

(f) GI tract and associated overhead films - eight hours,

(g) positioning - eight hours.

(4) A portion of the required classroom hours may be substituted by a verifiable correspondence course subject to board approval. The portion of required classroom hours completed by correspondence may not exceed 40 percent of the total hours required for examination(s) requested by the applicant.

(5) To be exempt under 37-14-301 , MCA, from obtaining a permit, an eight-hour course in darkroom procedures shall be completed by any person performing only darkroom procedures.

History: 37-14-202, MCA; IMP, 37-14-301, 37-14-306, MCA; NEW, 1985 MAR p. 1152, Eff. 8/16/85; AMD, 1990 MAR p. 1321, Eff. 7/13/90; AMD, 1996 MAR p. 1138, Eff. 4/26/96; AMD, 2003 MAR p. 1882, Eff. 8/29/03; TRANS, from Commerce, 2004 MAR p. 3033.

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