Who Can Authorise A Radiological Procedure?
Regulation 7.2. of S.I. 478 of 2002 states that “Medical radiological procedures may only be authorised by, and be performed under the clinical responsibility of a practitioner”. A “Practitioner” is defined in regulation 2 as a registered Medical Practitioner who is a Fellow of the Faculty of Radiologists (i.e. a Radiologist) or a registered Dentist. The Minister for Health & Children may also establish a separate register of practitioners”.
Currently, only a Dentist or a Radiologist is legally entitled to authorise a radiographic procedure.
The operation of a DEXA scanner in GP practices does not appear to be accommodated under this law. To strictly comply with the regulations, the practice should have a named Radiologist acting (at least nominally) as the “Practitioner” for the practice. Otherwise it may be prudent to request clarification on the regulations from the Medical Council and/or the DoH&C.