X-ray machine operators and technologists

 
 
Radiologic technologists registered or certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists or Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board do not need additional licensing or registration in Colorado. Operation of X-ray machines used in dentistry, chiropractic, or podiatry requires training specified by each respective board.
  • All other non-physicians who operate X-ray imaging systems on living humans must meet the requirements specified in the regulations.
 
Limited scope operator
An individual who has taken and passed a required test and has approval by us pursuant to 2.4.5.1 to operate X-ray systems and to conduct specified radiographic examinations of the chest, extremities, skull, hip/pelvis and spine/sacrum.
 
  • This directory is the primary source for verifying LSO registration status with the state of Colorado.
  • For people who recently took examinations, we do not display registration until the score results are final.
  • We no longer issue registration certificates to applicants.  A registration letter is provided to the candidate.  Use this directory to verify registration status.
  • All data is updated monthly.
Direct questions or concerns regarding candidate status to:
cdphe.hmxraycomments@state.co.us
(303) 692-3448
 
Initial registration
Complete this form to begin the Limited Scope Operator registration process.
 
This form documents the didactic and clinical experience. Application for registration must occur within one year of completing didactic training. Application for registration must occur within ninety-days of completing your clinical 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 instructions.
  • 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.
Regulatory requirements: Part 2, Appendix 2D and Section 2.4.5.1.

 

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
An individual who has taken and passed the required test or certification and has approval by us pursuant to 2.4.5.3 to operate DXA X-ray systems.
 
Initial registration
Complete this form, submit necessary documents, include $60 check/money order made payable to CDPHE.
 
Complete this form as documentation of the required training and experience.
 
Regulatory requirements: ​Part 2, Section 2.4.5.3.
 
Renewal of bone density operator registration
A bone densitometry operator registration is valid for three years. To renew, complete this form and submit $60 check/money order made payable to CDPHE.
 
 
Provisional mammographer
A person enrolled in a training program who can perform mammography exams under the supervision of a registered mammography technologist.
 
Initial registration
Complete this form, submit necessary documents, include $60 check/money order made payable to CDPHE.
  • The provisional mammographer registration is good for one year and can be renewed one time.
  • The fee for a provisional mammography application is $60 – make check payable to CDPHE.
Regulatory requirements: Section 2.4.5.4 of Part 2.
 
Fluoroscopy operator
An individual who has taken and passed a required test and has approval by us pursuant to 2.4.5.5 to operate x-ray fluoroscopy systems and to conduct specified radiographic examinations.
 

Initial registration
R-50 application for registration form
Complete this form to begin the Fluoroscopy Operator registration process.
 

R-51 didactic training and clinical experience form
This form documents the didactic and clinical experience. Application for registration must occur within one year of completing didactic training. Application for registration must occur within ninety-days of completing your clinical 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 fluoroscopy operator exam.
  • Upon approval, we will send you a letter with payment and testing instructions.
  • If you are using your fluoroscopy operator registration from another state, or need to retake the registration/certification exam, complete and resubmit the R-50 form.
Regulatory requirements: Part 2, Appendix 2O and Section 2.4.5.5.
 
R-52 renewal of fluoroscopy operator registration form
Current fluoroscopy operators are required to renew their registration every 2 years by submitting the R-52 application for renewal form along with the $60 application fee and evidence of current state licensure.
 
Computed tomography operator Colorado registration (Discontinued)
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