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Ethics for Radiation Protection in Medicine

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Ethics for Radiation Protection in Medicine by Jim Malone
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This book presents an up to date ethical framework for radiological protection in medicine. It is consistent with the requirements of the system of radiation protection and with the expectations of medical ethics. It presents an approach rooted in the medical tradition, and alert to contemporary social expectations. It provides readers with a practical framework against which they can assess the safety and acceptability of medical procedures, including patients' concerns. It will be an invaluable reference for radiologists, radiation oncologists, regulators, medical physicists, technologists, other practitioners, as well as academics, researchers and students of radiation protection in medicine. Features: An authoritative and accessible guide Includes numerous practical examples/clinical scenarios that illustrate the approach Informed by the latest developments in the thinking of international organizations Authored by a team who have contributed to defining the area internationally Presents a pragmatic approach, rather than dwelling on philosophical theories Provides reflection on a novel approach to the uncertainty in radiation risk estimates

Author Biography

Jim Malone is Robert Boyle Professor (Emeritus) of Medical Physics, Trinity College Dublin. He worked halftime with the IAEA (Vienna) for several years and continues as a consultant with the agency and WHO. He was Dean of the School of Medicine and Faculty of Health Sciences at Trinity College Dublin; Chairman of the Geneva based International Electrotechnical Commission's (IEC) committee for global standards for medical imaging equipment; Director of Graduate Studies (Health Sciences); and a Professor at the annual European School of Medical Physics, Geneva. He has over 300 publications and numerous conference papers, invited presentations, and keynote addresses. He has wide interests in the humanities, including a keen interest in the underdeveloped ethics basis for radiation protection. He has been a significant contributor to IAEA, EC, and ICRP new thinking in the area. He directed two Merriman Summer Schools (a somewhat irreverent annual think in on national life in Ireland). See LinkedIn and ResearchGate profiles. Friedo Zolzer is Professor and Head of the Institute of Radiology, Toxicology and Civil Protection at the University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice in the Czech Republic. He is a radiobiologist with a strong interest in ethics. He has published and lectured regularly in the area. He has contributed to the development of the new approach to ethics of radiation protection that is emerging in the international organisations (eg. ICRP, IRPA, IAEA, EC, WHO) and applies to radiation protection in general and in medicine. He has participated in related ICRP/EC initiatives/ projects (among others as a member of the ICRP task group on `Ethics of Radiological Protection') and has been the organiser of a highly influential biennial series of conferences on ethics and environmental health, in which medical applications of radiation played an important role. Gaston Meskens is a theoretical physicist with 15+ years' experience of research related to sustainable development, energy, climate change and radioactive waste management. He works part-time with the Centre for Ethics and Value Inquiry of the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy of the University of Ghent and with the Science and Technology Studies group of the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK*CEN. His research focusses on a human rights perspective on intellectual capacity building in the interest of global sustainable development governance. At SCK*CEN, he co-founded the Programme of Integration of Social Aspects into Nuclear Research in 1999. The programme takes nuclear technology as a case in order to critically study the complexity of risk-inherent technology assessment from the perspective of social justice and sustainable development. Recently, he has been a key contributor on the ethics framework for radiation protection for ICRP. At SCK*CEN, he works as researcher, writer, lecturer and mediator of dialogue on ethics in relation to science and technology. Christina Skourou, has worked and studied in Canada, the US, the UK and Ireland. She holds postgraduate degrees in Biomedical Engineering (Dartmouth College, US) and Medical Ethics (Queens University Belfast, UK). She has a senior appointment as clinical radiotherapy physicist at St Luke's Radiotherapy Centre in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, and is an adjunct faculty member of Trinity College Dublin. She is the current Chair of AAPM (American Association of Physicists in Medicine) Task Group 109 charged with revising the Code of Ethics for medical physicists. The authors have been exceptional contributors to developing a new understanding of the emerging position of ethics in radiation protection in general and in medicine. Collectively, they have contributed to the positions taken by ICRP, IRPA, IAEA, the EC, the AAPM among others.
Release date Australia
November 2nd, 2018
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
1 Line drawings, black and white; 33 Tables, black and white; 1 Illustrations, black and white
Imprint
CRC Press
Pages
180
ISBN-13
9781138553880
Product ID
28248271

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