Nurse Practitioners to order CTs and MRIs | Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons to order MRIs

Effective July 1, 2022, Nurse Practitioners (NPs) will be able to order computerized tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans as a result of changes to regulations under the Healing Arts Radiation Protection Act (HARP Act) and the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA).

These changes to O. Reg. 107/96 (Controlled Acts) and O. Reg. 543/90 (X-ray Safety Code) will reduce unnecessary delays in care for patients due to multiple visits, and lessen wait times to access care from authorized providers. 
Nurse Practitioners are already authorized to order X-rays and ultrasounds. The College of Nurses of Ontario has established standards for NPs to support safe practice when they become authorized to order CTs and MRIs. 

As well, changes to O. Reg. 107/96 also authorize members of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario who hold a specialty certificate of registration in the specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery to order MRIs effective July 1, 2022.

Stay tuned for more details about these practice changes in communications from CMRITO, including revisions to our What you must know about … performing procedures publication, closer to the time these regulations come into force in July.