In this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:

Terms Used In Arizona Laws 32-2801

  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Person: includes a corporation, company, partnership, firm, association or society, as well as a natural person. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • United States: includes the District of Columbia and the territories. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Wilfully: means , with respect to conduct or to a circumstance described by a statute defining an offense, that a person is aware or believes that the person's conduct is of that nature or that the circumstance exists. See Arizona Laws 1-215

1. "Certificate" means a certificate that is granted and issued by the department.

2. "Certified technologist" means a person holding a certificate that is granted and issued by the department.

3. "Computed tomography technologist" means a person who applies ionizing radiation to a human using a computed tomography machine for diagnostic purposes.

4. "Department" means the department of health services.

5. "Direction" means responsibility for and control of the application of ionizing radiation to human beings for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.

6. "Director" means the director of the department of health services.

7. "Ionizing radiation" means gamma rays and x-rays, alpha and beta particles, high speed electrons, neutrons, protons and other nuclear particles or rays.

8. "Leg" means that part of the lower limb between the knee and the foot.

9. "Licensed practitioner" means a person who is licensed or otherwise authorized by law to practice medicine, dentistry, osteopathic medicine, podiatry, chiropractic or naturopathic medicine in this state.

10. "Mammographic technologist" means a person who applies ionizing radiation to the breasts of a human being for diagnostic purposes.

11. "Nuclear medicine technologist" means a person who uses radiopharmaceutical agents on humans for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes as set forth in rules adopted pursuant to section 32-2815.

12. "Practical technologist in bone densitometry" means a technologist who holds a certificate to apply ionizing radiation to a person’s hips, spine and extremities through the use of a bone density machine.

13. "Practical technologist in podiatry" means a person holding a practical technologist in podiatry certificate that is granted and issued by the department.

14. "Practical technologist in podiatry certificate" means a certificate that is issued to a person, other than a licensed practitioner, who applies ionizing radiation to the foot and leg for diagnostic purposes while under the specific direction of a licensed practitioner.

15. "Practical technologist in radiology" means a person holding a practical technologist in radiology certificate that is granted and issued by the department.

16. "Practical technologist in radiology certificate" means a certificate that is issued to a person, other than a licensed practitioner, who applies ionizing radiation to specific parts of the human body for diagnostic purposes while under the specific direction of a licensed practitioner.

17. "Radiation therapy technologist" means a person who uses radiation on humans for therapeutic purposes.

18. "Radiologic technologist" means a person who holds a certificate that is issued by the department and that allows that person to apply ionizing radiation to individuals at the direction of a licensed practitioner for general diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.

19. "Radiologic technology" means the science and art of applying ionizing radiation to human beings for general diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.

20. "Radiologic technology certificate" means a certificate that is issued in radiologic technology to a person with at least twenty-four months of full-time study or its equivalent through an approved program and who has successfully completed an examination by a national certifying body.

21. "Radiologist" means a licensed practitioner of medicine or osteopathic medicine who has undertaken a course of training that meets the requirements for admission to the examination of the American board of radiology or the American osteopathic board of radiology.

22. "Radiologist assistant" means a person who holds a certificate pursuant to section 32-2819 and who performs independent advanced procedures in medical imaging and interventional radiology under the guidance, directions, supervision and discretion of a licensed practitioner of medicine or osteopathic medicine specializing in radiology as set forth in section 32-2819 and the rules adopted pursuant to that section.

23. "Unethical professional conduct" means the following acts, whether occurring in this state or elsewhere:

(a) Intentionally betraying a professional confidence or intentional violation of a privileged communication except as required by law. This subdivision does not prevent the department from exchanging information with the radiologic licensing and disciplinary boards of other states, territories or districts of the United States or foreign countries.

(b) Using controlled substances as defined in section 36-2501, narcotic drugs, dangerous drugs or marijuana as defined in section 13-3401 or hypnotic drugs, derivatives or any compounds, mixtures or preparations that may be used for producing hypnotic effects or the use of alcohol to the extent that it affects the ability of the certificate or permit holder to practice his profession.

(c) Using drugs for other than accepted therapeutic purposes.

(d) Committing gross malpractice.

(e) Procuring or attempting to procure a certificate or license by fraud or misrepresentation.

(f) Having professional connection with or lending one’s name to an illegal practitioner of radiologic technology or any other health profession.

(g) Offering, undertaking or agreeing to correct, cure or treat a condition, disease, injury, ailment or infirmity by a secret means, method, device or instrumentality.

(h) Refusing to divulge to the department, on reasonable notice and demand, the means, method, device or instrumentality used in the treatment of a condition, disease, injury, ailment or infirmity. This subdivision does not apply to communication between a technologist or permit holder and a patient with reference to a disease, injury, ailment or infirmity, or as to any knowledge obtained by personal examination of the patient.

(i) Giving or receiving, or aiding or abetting the giving or receiving, of rebates, either directly or indirectly.

(j) Knowingly making any false or fraudulent statement, written or oral, in connection with the practice of radiologic technology.

(k) Having a certificate or license refused, revoked or suspended by any other state, territory, district or country for reasons that relate to the person’s ability to safely and skillfully practice radiologic technology or to any act of unprofessional conduct.

(l) Engaging in any conduct or practice that does or would constitute a danger to the health of the patient or the public.

(m) Obtaining a fee by fraud or misrepresentation or wilfully or intentionally filing a fraudulent claim with a third party for services rendered or to be rendered to a patient.

(n) Employing uncertified persons to perform or aiding and abetting uncertified persons in the performance of work that can be done legally only by certified persons.

(o) Violating or attempting to violate, directly or indirectly, or assisting or abetting the violation of or conspiring to violate this chapter or a rule adopted by the department.

24. "Unlimited practical technologist in radiology" means a person holding an unlimited practical technologist in radiology certificate that is granted and issued by the department.

25. "Unlimited practical technologist in radiology certificate" means a certificate that was issued to a person in 1977 or 1978, other than a licensed practitioner, who applies ionizing radiation to the human body for diagnostic purposes while under the specific direction of a licensed practitioner.