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Ethics in Biology, Engineering and Medicine: An International Journal
SJR: 0.123

ISSN Imprimir: 2151-805X
ISSN En Línea: 2151-8068

Ethics in Biology, Engineering and Medicine: An International Journal

DOI: 10.1615/EthicsBiologyEngMed.2014011307
pages 165-181

Ethical Issues of Radiation Use in Medicine

David Dinhofer
NYC Technical College of City University of New York, 300 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201
Subrata Saha
Affiliate Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry Affiliate Instructor, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery School of Dentistry, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195-6365, USA; Courtesy Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, Florida 33174, USA


Ionizing radiation is used extensively in medical diagnosis and treatment. Many issues surround the ethical use of ionizing radiation. As ethics is, by its nature, an evolving medium, herein, we review ethical issues regarding the use of radiation as it pertains to modern-day ethical principles. In addition, we focus on a few specific issues of importance. The paper is essentially divided into three areas. The first is a history of radiation and radiation ethics. The second is a review of medical ethical principles. The third is a specific discussion of ethical issues related to the use of radiation in medicine.