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Update to NPs and ordering ultrasounds and x-rays

RNAO is pleased to provide an update on NP authority to apply and order ultrasounds, as first announced on Jan. 1, 2018 by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO).

Last week, the CNO clarified that NPs have full authority to order ultrasounds and x-rays without restriction. However, these changes do not include computerized tomography (CT) scans.

Previously, NPs could only order ultrasounds and x-rays based on lists under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 and the Healing Arts Radiation Protection Act. The new authority eliminates these lists.

To learn more about the announcement, please go to CNO’s latest news.

Last Updated: 
2018-04-30