Although most medical imaging professionals are aware of the existence of practice standards, many may not understand what they represent to practitioners and the public. This article examines the origins of medical practice standards and the development of the Practice Standards for Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy. Specifically, the Radiography Practice Standards are discussed to provide the reader with a synopsis of what they are and how they apply to everyday professional life. Legal applications and ethical implications of the practice standards are also introduced.
After reading this article, the participant should be able to:
- Discuss the origins of professional practice standards in medicine.
- Examine the role of the ASRT Practice Standards in guiding imaging practice.
- List the content areas of the Radiography Practice Standards.
- Describe the ethical and legal relevance of currently accepted practice standards.
Categories: Professional Development/Patient Care Quality