What PTs can do in Maryland
The Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners opined that it is within the scope of practice for physical therapists to refer patients to a radiologist for radiological imaging and testing when appropriate, including x-ray, MRI, and CT scans, provided that the interpretation of such tests are be done by a radiologist.
*(August 2012 and again in March 2014
- The Maryland Code of Regulations specifically limits the practice of radiation therapy and radiography without a license to practice radiography from Maryland’s State Board of Physicians.
- The Maryland Department of Health allows only attending physicians to order radiological services in comprehensive care facilities and extended care facilities.
- The Maryland Code of Regulations governs “independent diagnostic testing facilities” and requires that an imaging order come from a physician or non-physician practitioner who is enrolled in the Maryland Medical Assistance Program.