This book presents an up to date ethical framework for radiological protection in medicine. It is consistent with the requirements of the system of radiation protection and with the expectations of medical ethics. It presents an approach rooted in the medical tradition, and alert to contemporary social expectations. It provides readers with a practical framework against which they can assess the safety and acceptability of medical procedures, including patients’ concerns.
It will be an invaluable reference for radiologists, radiation oncologists, regulators, medical physicists, technologists, other practitioners, as well as academics, researchers and students of radiation protection in medicine.
- An authoritative and accessible guide, authored by a team who have contributed to defining the area internationally
- Includes numerous practical examples/clinical scenarios that illustrate the approach, presenting a pragmatic approach, rather than dwelling on philosophical theories
- Informed by the latest developments in the thinking of international organizations
About the Series
2. Ethics for Radiation Protection in Medicine: Framework and Multicultural Considerations
3. The Pragmatic Value Set: Contexts and Application to Radiation Protection in Medicine
4. Ethics Analysis of Imaging Scenarios
5. Ethics Analysis of Radiotherapy Scenarios
6. Extension of the Pragmatic Value Set
7. Reflections on Uncertainty, Risk and Fairness
"This is a well-structured book, giving a comprehensive view of the ethical framework for the radiological protection in medicine. It is a valuable source of information, for professionals and students, regarding the complexity of risk governance and the related ethical aspects, with reference to diagnostic and radiotherapeutic practices. Among the interesting notes, reported in the text, it can be cited for example, to consider the education on pluralist, critical and reflexive base and to give the opportunity to young people and students to develop a self-critical mind, accompanied by a sense for ethics and for intellectual solidarity."
— Prof. Marie Claire Cantone in Physica Medica (69, 2020, 81)
"This book extends current thinking in a crucial area for radiation protection in medicine, following on from recent initiatives at an international level. It extends current thinking into a ‘pragmatic value set’ against which practices may be judged, in addition to offering validation for this ‘set’ against historical views on ethics. There are excellent discussions regarding autonomy and dignity, especially in the context of the rise of patient-centred care and the, hopeful, demise of medical paternalism.
In the light of issues such as Fukushima and conversations around the justification of medical radiation exposures, this book is a timely extension to the debate on a sound ethical foundation for radiation protection in medicine, which previously has either been lacking or assumed. I picked up this book with some trepidation but finished it feeling that it was issuing a challenge to professionals and policy makers alike to further develop the authors’ excellent work. I highly recommend this book to all such professionals and hope that we are up to that challenge."
—Andy Rogers, Honorary (Consultant) Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham, School of Medicine
"The excellent book ‘Ethic