Ethical and Legal Issues for Imaging Professionals


  • Doreen Towsley-Cook, Doreen M. Towsley-Cook, MAE, RT(R), FAERS), Former Radiologic Sciences Program Director, Private Educational Consultant, Allen Memorial Hospital, Waterloo, IA; Creative Enterprises Unlimited, Cedar Falls, IA, USA
  • Terese Young, JD, RT(R), CNMT, Polk City, IA, USA

This balanced examination of ethical and legal principles and issues provides vital information for radiography, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, and radiation professionals. By discussing the foundations of ethics for technologists, then entering into a discussion of applicable law, Ethical and Legal Issues for Imaging Professionals, 2nd Edition provides an approach that leads to a more successful style of personal risk management. With each chapter divided into two sections of ethical issues and legal issues, the content is easy to read and understand. Plus, learning activities and current event discussions help the readers learn and remember information so they can use it in real life.
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Book information

  • Published: March 2007
  • Imprint: MOSBY
  • ISBN: 978-0-323-04599-5


Towsley-Cook, Doreen M., MAE, RT(R), FAERS; Young, Terese A., JD, RT(R), CNMT

ISBN: 978-0-323-04599-5, NLM: WN 21, LC: KF2910, 302 pages, soft cover.


Mary L Bloomfield, BA(Froedtert Hospital)

This book discusses ethics and legal issues facing imaging professionals using a somewhat unique structure where each chapter topic is separated into the ethical issues and the legal issues. This update of the 1999 edition is warranted because of the new imaging technologies and the need for relevant case studies.

The purpose is to provide students with the necessary foundation to apply professional standards, and exercise personal integrity when responding to ethical challenges they may encounter. It also provides a basic understanding of applicable law so they can become their own "risk managers." Ethical and legal issues are important subjects that imaging professionals must study, and this book is much needed in the profession. It does an excellent job of meeting the stated objectives.

According to the authors, this book is written for imaging professionals and students in the imaging profession. They do an excellent job of presenting the material at a level that can be understood by both groups. Doreen M.
Towsley-Cook is a former radiologic sciences program director and Terese A.
Young is an attorney as well as a radiologic technologist.

This book covers the important aspects of the ethical and legal issues faced on a daily basis by the imaging professional. Each chapter covers a manageable facet of the ethical and legal issues so they are easier to study and retain.
(i.e. caring and communication, autonomy and informed consent, death and dying, diversity). The chapter on healthcare distribution is particularly well done and the authors do very good job of explaining why this chapter is important in the study of ethics and legal issues. The only shortcoming is that there are no illustrations or pictures. The material can seem somewhat dry, so illustrations would help students stay focused.

This is an excellent book covering very important information for the imaging professional. Even though ethics and legal issues are covered in many of the patient care books such as Patient Care in Radiography: With An Introduction to Medical Imaging, 7th edition, Ehrlich and Daly (Elsevier, 2007), a book that deals exclusively with these topics is warranted.

Weighted Numerical Score: 92 - 4 Stars!

Table of Contents

1. Ethical and Legal Foundations

2. Principles of Beneficence and Nonmaleficence

3. Caring and Communication

4. Patient Autonomy and Informed Consent

5. Truthfulness and Confidentiality

6. Death and Dying

7. Health Care Distribution

8. Student and Employee Rights

9. Diversity

10. Overview of Future Challenges

Appendix A: Code of Ethics

Appendix B: Sample Documentation Forms

Answers to Chapter Review Questions