Radiologists have been in a tizzy. Lately, there has been the proliferation of small, relatively inexpensive medical imaging devices that primary care physicians can bring into their practices. Specialists far outside of the field of radiology can easily use these devices without any radiologist present.
That’s a bad business trend for radiologists. So, radiologists have responded with the Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility, and Excellence in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Act – a bill that would require all health professionals to obtain certified training before using medical imaging devices.
Earlier this year Orrin Hatch was identified by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists as the most significant supporter of the Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility, and Excellence in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Act in the U.S. Senate.
Is it a coincidence that three days ago, the American College of Radiology Association PAC made a payment of $25,759.08 – an independent expenditure – to support the re-election of Orrin Hatch? It doesn’t take an MRI to find the purchase of influence.