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Regulatory changes enable NPs to order CTs and MRIs as of July
As of Friday, July 1, 2022, Nurse Practitioners (NPs) will be able to order computerized tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. To enable these scope changes, the government amended regulations under the Healing Arts Radiation Protection Act and the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991.
These changes will help enable better patient access to CT and MRI scans.
NPs already have the authority to order X-rays and ultrasounds. As a result, there are existing regulatory mechanisms in place to support safe practice. When ordering procedures and performing tests, NPs are accountable to expectations in the practice standards, including Decisions About Procedures and Authority and the Nurse Practitioner.
The changes to allow NPs to order CTs and MRIs are in addition to a February announcement that NPs will be allowed to perform point-of-care tests. All three regulatory updates will take effect as of Friday, July 1, 2022.
Depending on your individual learning needs NPs can also review ordering CT and MRI scans as part of their annual goal-setting and ongoing learning for this year’s Quality Assurance (QA) program.