Clarification of Ordering of CT and Nuclear Studies by Physician Assistants

originally posted by Nick Vance on April 16, 2013

At its meeting in January 2013, the Physician Assistant Committee reviewed whether a physician assistant may order a CT or a nuclear study on a patient that involves contrast or radiopharmaceutical materials. This query was brought to the attention of the Physician Assistant Committee by a hospital seeking clarification on this matter, as the formulary for a physician assistant clearly excludes the prescribing of radiopharmaceuticals and radiographic contrast materials.

The Committee determined that the ordering of such diagnostic and investigative studies is permissible by a physician assistant and differs from the prescribing of such materials for treatment purposes.

This position was recommended by the Physician Assistant Committee to, and approved by, the full Board at its meeting on January 14, 2013.

West Virginia Association of Physician Assistants

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