OREGON BOARD OF MEDICAL IMAGING (OBMI)
Board has authority over a state office that issues licenses and permits to
medical imaging technologists who work in medical settings. The board oversees continuing education
requirements, and oversees the schools in Oregon that teach limited x-ray permit
courses. The board has promoted legislation, notably the 2009 legislation
that expanded the list of medical imaging professions requiring licensure to
include MRI Technologists, Nuclear Medicine Technologists, and – first state in
the country to implement – Sonographers (Ultrasound Technologists).
board has authority to implement policy through promotion of legislation and
adoption of administrative rules and board policies. Through statute and
rules, the board has authority to discipline license or permit violations,
including subpoena power. The board approves a biennial budget for the office,
which is wholly supported through fee revenue.
the overall functions that the board and office perform, radiation safety is a
primary consideration. The OBMI includes two non-voting advisory members
from Radiation Protection Services, and we work closely with RPS.
board meets quarterly, plus a half-day retreat in July, on the day prior to the
July board meeting. Board meetings are scheduled for Fridays. Board
meetings start at 8:30 am and typically end at 4:30 pm, and are held at the
Portland State Office Building. We encourage in-person attendance, but in
some cases board members have attended by telephone, when unable to attend in
person. We try to get board vacancies filled quickly, which ultimately makes it
easier to obtain a quorum (at least seven of 12 voting board members) for board
board office will typically send out a packet 10-14 days prior to each meeting,
for board members’ review, including a confidential summary of disciplinary
cases that are scheduled to come before the board, as well as other background
material related to the meeting agenda. Typical for most board meetings,
the mornings have included in-person interviews with licensees or license
applicants with criminal backgrounds or disciplinary issues. The afternoon portions of the meetings mainly
included discussions of policy issues and related issues.
board has three committees (with membership appointed during the July meeting
and administrative rules.
committees will occasionally be called upon to review material or consider
issues that crop up, and can usually be handled through one or several emails
back and forth, sometimes including follow-up during board meetings.
school inspections committee (to periodically inspect the limited x-ray permit
schools) may have a tougher schedule, with seven schools and a guideline in
rules to try to inspect once every two years. The three volunteer
members of this committee reside in Portland, Klamath Falls, and Elmira, and
have informally agreed to try to cover the schools closest to them. (Also
one former board member is currently helping with inspections.) So even with the school inspections
committee, which would seem to be the most inconvenient to serve on, it’s
probably going to require each of them to spend perhaps one day per year (and
these volunteer members seem to have the scheduling flexibility to pull it
Specifications of board membership are spelled out in Oregon Revised Statutes 688.545, including four physicians, five
medical imaging licensees, and three public members.