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LXMO – Limited X-Ray Machine Operator

Radiographer License and Limited X-Ray Machine Operator Permit

Please be aware that the specific requirements described below are based on administrative rules submitted to the legislative subcommittee. When the rules are finalized, all application forms will be available through the DRL website.

In 2010, a new law was enacted in Wisconsin that establishes licensing and permitting requirements for those who perform medical radiography or provide medical radiographic services. The new law, 2009 Wisconsin Act 106, which created Chapter 462 of the Wisconsin statutes, requires that any person who performs radiography or operates an X-ray machine or X-ray equipment and is not exempt from the law shall obtain a license to perform radiography or a permit to operate X-ray machines or perform limited scope radiographic procedures. 

The Wisconsin Radiography Examining Board issued this advisory bulletin to inform all persons affected by the new law about the options for obtaining the license or permit, the requirements and qualifications required for each, and to briefly explain the application process.

How do I know whether I need a radiography license or an LXMO permit?

If you are seeking to perform the full range of diagnostic radiography procedures, only a licensed radiographer is qualified to do so. A permit will allow you to operate X-ray equipment in a limited scope (e.g., X-rays of extremities or chest X-rays).

If you are ARRT certified or will soon qualify for an ARRT certificate, you should apply for a radiography license. If you are taking radiographs but are not a student or ARRT certified, you should apply for the LXMO permit.

Permit Information

Continuing Education Requirements

All radiographers must complete 24 hours of continuing education beginning with the 8/31/2014 renewal. Limited X-ray machine operators must complete 12 hours.

Note: This does not apply to the biennium when the license was first issued or for the first renewal of license.

Per RAD 5.03, continuing education hours must be obtained through providers recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).