Diagnostic Imaging

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.