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The Radiologic Technologist, Ethics, and Patient Advocacy

Nancy S. Adams, BSRS, RT(R)

   *Clinical Coordinator, Radiologic Sciences, Itawamba Community College, Fulton, Mississippi.
   Address correspondence to: Nancy S. Adams, BSRS, RT(R), USA Liaison, International Association for Forensic Radiographers; Radiography Section Leader, Region 4 Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) E-mail: nancyadams3562@comcast.net.

Disclosure: Ms Adams reports serving on the speakers' bureau for Advanced Health Education Center and Medical Technology Management Institute.


Radiologic technologists (RTs) agree to abide by the Code of Ethics of The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and have an obligation to apply those principles to ensure that the patients entrusted to them receive the best possible care. Whenever an issue arises that may compromise that care, RTs must know how to advocate for the patient. In order to do so effectively, they must be well-acquainted with the principles, rules, and policies governing their profession as well as understand that continuing education is vital to fulfill the duties and responsibilities appointed to them. The following article discusses the relationship between ethics and advocacy, examines the ethical need for continuing education and its importance to patient advocacy, and discusses recent events regarding medical radiation safety that may impact the role of the RT.

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