ARRT Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes

Provide your thoughts on Vascular-Interventional Radiography Examination Content Specifications and Clinical Experience Requirements by Sept. 12, 2016

(August 11, 2016) The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) is looking for help from educators and people who work in vascular-interventional (VI) radiography. As an interested party, you are encouraged to review the proposed changes to the Examination Content Specifications and Clinical Experience Requirements for Vascular-Interventional Radiography certification and registration.

Our goal is to produce comprehensive, accurate and fair documents that cover the knowledge and cognitive skills required of VI radiographers. ARRT’s examinations are practice-related. That is, we only include topics if knowledge of those topics relates directly to a clinical activity typically required in practice.

ARRT’s Vascular-Interventional Radiography Practice Analysis and CQR Advisory Committee (composed of subject matter experts from throughout the nation) began working on these documents in November 2015 and will complete its work on them later this year. After that, ARRT’s Board of Trustees will review the proposed changes. The revised Examination Content Specifications and Clinical Experience Requirements have an implementation date of July 1, 2017.

Proposed changes in the drafts are either underlined (additions) or lined out (deletions). Notable changes include the following:

Examination Content Specifications

Proposed changes to the Examination Content Specifications include retitling several content categories and reorganizing them into three major sections: Patient Care, Image Production, and Procedures. This creates consistent category names across all ARRT disciplines.

Reorganization and renaming changes to the Examination Content Specifications include:

  • Topics concerning patient communication included in the focus of questions list in the Procedures section have been moved to the Patient Care section
  • Topics concerning patient management were moved from the Procedures section to the Patient Care section and retitled as documentation.
  • Data acquisition and processing topics in focus of questions list in the Procedures section have been moved to the Image Production section.
  • The Equipment and Instrumentation section was retitled Image Production.
  • Topics regarding procedural supplies and implantable devices were moved from the Image Production section to the focus of questions list in the Procedures section.

Topics added or removed from the Examination Content Specifications include:

  • Topics regarding handling and disposal of hazardous materials the Patient Care section were added.
  • Topics regarding moderate sedation (IV) medications were removed from the Patient Care section.
  • Topics concerning basic life support (BLS) were removed from the Patient Care section.
  • Radiation protection topics were added to the Image Production section.
  • Reproductive angiography was removed from the list of examinations in the Procedures section as it is included in pelvic angiography.
  • Tunneled thoracic and abdominal drainage catheter placement procedures were added to the list of examinations in the Procedures section.

Clinical Experience Requirements

Changes to the Clinical Experience Requirements include:

  • Demonstration of current basic life support (BLS) certification was added as a clinical requirement.
  • Genitourinary and gastrointestinal nonvascular catheter/drain exchange, and thoracic and abdominal tunneled drainage catheter placement were added to the list of procedures.

Review the Documents and Provide Feedback

Links to drafts of the proposed documents appear below. We invite you to review the documents and provide feedback via an important online survey (now closed). The survey is the official method by which we track feedback. Your comments will help us create policy changes that are fair, and in the best interests of the profession and patients.

You may also direct questions about the proposed changes to ARRT at 651.681.3162.

Thank you for your contribution to this important project.

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