Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Medicine
Petition 191
Petition Information
Petition Title Practice of chiropractic relating to digital x-rays and diagnosis of curvature of the spine
Date Filed 7/10/2013    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Melody Cartwright 
Petitioner's Request

To amend requirements for practice by chiropractors relating to treatment and diagnosis of curvature of the spine and the use of digital x-rays.

Agency's Plan

The petition will be published on July 29, 2013 in the Register of Regulations and also posted on the Virginia Regulatory Townhall at to receive public comment ending August 28, 2013. 

Following receipt of all comments on the petition to amend regulations, the Board will decide whether to make any changes to the regulatory language.  This matter will be on the Board’s agenda for its meeting on October 24, 2013.

Comment Period Ended 8/28/2013
Agency Decision Take no action [Transmittal Sheet]    
Response Date 10/25/2013
Agency Decision Summary

At a meeting of the Board on October 24, 2013, the issues were thoroughly discussed and a decision made not to initiate rulemaking in response to the petition. Licensees of the Board are expected to practice within an evidence-based standard of care for their profession.  The Board does not and cannot prescribe by regulation a protocol for each specific condition a pateint might present.   Additionally, the use of digital-xrays has some advantages for electronic communication of patient records, but there is no evidence of improved outcomes for patient care.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Elaine J. Yeatts  / Agency Regulatory Coordinator
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Richmond, 23233
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)367-4688    FAX: (804)527-4434    TDD: ()-