Texas Radiation Safety Awareness Training CME Course for New Texas Rule
The requirement to complete Radiation Safety Awareness Training listed in TAC 289.227 is currently suspended. However, we strongly recommend that physicians and other healthcare professionals in Texas who use fluoroscopy consider completing this one-time training:
- While failing to meet this requirement of TAC 289.227 will not result in a citation from the state, it could expose you and your practice to legal risk in the interim because the rule is state law.
- Review of dose metrics and protocols by the Fluoroscopy Radiation Protocol Committee is required by TAC 289.227 and is currently enforced. The Advanced Training Program from FluoroSafety, which meets the requirements for Radiation Safety Awareness Training, will provide the necessary didactic and practical knowledge to conduct these reviews.
- To maintain an active medical license in Texas, physicians must earn 24 Category 1 CME credits every year. Category 1 CME credits earned for completing courses from FluoroSafety count towards this requirement. Many specialties can also earn Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credit for each hour of CME they complete with FluoroSafety.
- The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) states in NCRP Report 168 that clinical training and experience is not an acceptable substitute for formal training in radiation management.
- Section F.5 of the Suggested State Regulations for Control of Radiation published by the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors requires that all persons operating fluoroscopic x-ray system complete training on the following topics before using fluoroscopy independently:
- Biological effects of x-ray;
- Principles of radiation protection;
- Factors affecting fluoroscopic outputs;
- Dose reduction techniques for fluoroscopic x-ray systems;
- Principles and operation of the specific fluoroscopic x-ray system(s) to be used;
- Fluoroscopic and fluorographic outputs of each mode of operation on the
- System(s) to be used clinically; and
- Applicable requirements of these regulations.
- Meets the Joint Commission environment of care (EC.02.04.03 and HR.01.05.03) fluoroscopy standards which necessitate ongoing education and annual training for individuals use fluoroscopic equipment (HR.01.05.03).
Learners who complete our Advanced Training Program earn 8 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 CME™ credit. Many specialties can also earn self-assessment CME (SA-CME), as required for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) by members of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). All FluoroSafety courses can be taken at your convenience from any computer or tablet with internet access.
This course is available now for $175.00.
Please note that all sales are final. We offer discounts for purchases of multiple licenses, as well as a custom management interface for institutions and clinics. Click here for more information. If you would like more information on this new Texas fluoroscopy CME regulation, it can be found in the Texas FAQ on Radiation Protocol Committee Requirements and Radiation Safety Awareness Training.