X-ray machine operators and technologists

 
 
If you are a radiologic technologist registered or certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists or Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board, you do not need additional licensing or registration in Colorado.
  • All other non-physicians who operate X-ray imaging systems on living humans must meet the requirements specified in the regulations.
 
Limited scope operator
Initial registration
If you intend to operate an X-ray machine in a limited capacity for healing arts purposes, not including dentistry, chiropractic or podiatry, and you are not a registered technologist in good standing with American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
 
Form R-70 application for registration form
Complete within one year to document your training.
 
Complete within one year to document your training.
  • Submit a non-refundable check for $60 made out to CDPHE.
  • Refer to the form instructions for further details.
  • If accepted, this will allow you to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists limited scope operator exam.
  • Upon approval, we will mail you a letter with payment and testing information.
  • If you are using your limited scope operator registration from another state, or need to retake the registration/certification exam, complete and resubmit the R-70 form.
Current limited scope operators are required to renew their registration every 2 years by submitting the R-90 application for renewal form along with the $60 application fee and evidence of continuing education credits.
 
 
Bone densitometry operator
Initial registration
If you intend to operate a bone densitometry or dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry system, and you are not a registered technologist in good standing with American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
 
R-81 clinical experience statement/clinical supervisory statement for bone densitometry form
Complete to provide documentation of the required training and experience.
 
R-80 application for registration: bone densitometry operator for american registry of radiologic technologists state examination
Complete and submit an along with any necessary documents and a check in the amount of $60 made payable to CDPHE.
Requirements:
 
Renewal of bone density operator registration
Every 3 years, renew your bone density operator registration by completing the  and paying the required fee.
 
 
Provisional mammographer registration
If you want to begin performing mammography exams under the supervision of another mammography certified technologist as part of your training program, you must complete the steps below prior to completing registration/certification in mammography by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
 
Complete and submit along with the necessary documents and fees. 
  • You may renew their provisional mammographer registration one time upon expiration.
  • The fee for a provisional mammography application is $60 – make check payable to CDPHE.
Requirements: 
 
Computed tomography operator Colorado registration (no longer available)
If you wish to operate a computed tomography system in Colorado:
  • You must be certified in computed tomography by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists or Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board, and such operation shall be within the requirements of the regulations.
  • You are not required to be registered or licensed with Colorado as long as you are registered in computed tomography with American Registry of Radiologic Technologists or Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board.
 
Before July 31, 2017, computed tomography operators not certified by American Registry of Radiologic Technologists or Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board could complete an alternate training program and register as a Colorado computed tomography operator. This program was terminated in 2017 and is no longer available. We will continue to recognize Colorado registrations. You can verify Colorado CT operators at the link below.
 
Additional information on X-ray operator minimum requirements and standards