Monday, December 6, 2010

Ethical Questions About Security Screenings Underscore Radiologists' Responsibilities, Institute Doctor Says

The debate over security screening at U.S. airports has direct relevance for radiologists and their ethical responsibilities to their patients, according to Dr. Nabile Safdar, principal investigator at the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation. Speaking on "Ethical Dilemmas: The Vital Role of Ethics in Clinical Excellence" at the Radiological Society of North America on Nov. 29, Dr. Safdar said, "This dialogue reminds radiologists that we have a much more invasive view of our patients and research subjects than TSA screeners do....We've been privileged to have been entrusted with that data. It is something we should take seriously."

Dr. Safdar went on to say, "Informed consent is not the signature at the bottom of the page which allows you to do research or allows you to do a procedure. Informed consent is a conversation, at a level a patient can understand, about risks and benefits to make sure people are truly aware of what it measn to be involved in that research or to undergo a procedure." Click on the image below for the full article from the RSNA Bulletin.

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