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Certification of Physicians for Fluoroscopy

Physicians who operate fluoroscopy equipment must be certified in the safe operating procedures and be competent in the safe use of the equipment. (See UPMC Policy on Fluoroscopy Certification Requirements.)

Physicians initially applying for fluoroscopy privileges at any UPMC hospital will be required to read the education manual titled “Minimizing Risks from Fluoroscopic X-Rays” by Louis Wagner and Benjamin Archer. They will receive this manual from the Radiation Safety Office (or medical staff office for UPMC hospitals not covered by the RSO) along with a course information sheet, test, evaluation form, and CME registration form.

Following the reading of the manual they will take the written test, complete the course evaluation and continuing medical education (CME) registration form. 

The written test, evaluation and CME registration form will be submitted to the RSO (or medical staff office who issued the manual).  All three documents must be submitted in order to meet the requirements for this certification.

The test will be graded with an 80-percent pass rate required in order to be awarded fluoroscopy privileges.

If the physician has passed the test, the RSO or medical staff office will forward the completed evaluation and CME registration form to the UPMC Center for Continuing Education where the CME credits will be awarded and entered on the physician’s transcript.

If the physician has not passed the test, the RSO or medical staff office will reissue the manual, a new written test, course evaluation and CME registration form.  The physician may continue to re-test until they have successfully completed the certification process.

Recertification of Physicians for Fluoroscopy

Recertification for fluoroscopy privileges is required prior to the two-year reappointment cycle. 

Physicians are to follow this link and continue to the recertification process by clicking on "Patient Safety/Risk Management", then "Fluoroscopic Radiation Management".

Following successful completion of the module, CME credits will be awarded and entered on the physician’s transcript.