RADON 119 Legal Issues in the Radiologic Sciences • 2 Cr.


Introduces students to communication and conflict resolution skills pertinent to health care. Other topics include an overview of ethical theories and current legal and ethical issues in health care (specifically in oncology). Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Compare and contrast specific ethical theories as they relate to the radiologic sciences.
  • Explain how medical professional codes of ethics are related to specific ethical theories.
  • Apply ethical principles to the practice of radiation oncology.
  • Describe a process for ethical decision-making and apply it appropriately to specific ethical problems in the radiologic sciences.
  • Explain the relationship between patient autonomy and informed consent. Describe situations in which the informed consent process may legally be eliminated.
  • Identify the purpose of confidentiality in the health care setting and identify legal exceptions to the disclosure of information.
  • Define tort, negligence and malpractice. Identify the ethical obligations of a radiation therapist regarding risk management.
  • Identify ethical and legal end of life issues as they apply to the radiation oncology.
  • Discuss specific justice issues in health care. Explain how distributive justice issues effect the quality of health care delivery in the US.
  • Identify ethical issues that occur specifically with non-dominant cultures. Demonstrate ways to work ethically with non-dominant cultures in the radiation oncology department.
  • Identify and analyze legal and ethical issues involving the radiation therapy student, making specific applications to the student's own clinical practice.
  • Analyze and apply student's own ethical perspective on specific issues in health care such as confidentiality, risk management, patient rights and dying issues.