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Task Group 109
Ethics in Radiological Protection for Medical Diagnosis and Treatment

The mandate of Task Group 109 is to develop an ICRP publication presenting the ethical aspects in the use of radiation in medicine, addressed to the radiological protection of patients, and intended for medical professionals, patients, the public, and authorities. This builds upon ICRP Publication 138 which identified the ethical values associated with the system of radiological protection for occupational, public and medical exposures, and for protection of the environment.

Although ethics cannot provide conclusive solutions in all specific cases, it can undoubtedly help in facilitating discussions among those acting to promote the well-being of individuals. The medical practice has a long history in moral philosophy, formalized in biomedical ethics in the late seventies, and these principles have been widely applied in medicine for patients and research subjects. A clear understanding of ethical values, together with the principles of radiological protection, can help address issues of potential conflict in decision making.

The publication to be developed will present the ethical issues in the context of the use of radiation in medicine, in specific patient care circumstances. Different care scenarios will be considered as examples on how and which reflections on ethical values can be of help in decision making process, with attention to do more good than harm and to personal dignity and respect. Proposed scenarios will include: radiological and nuclear medicine in pregnant patients, pediatrics, elderly patients, end of life scenario and medical screening.



François Bochud 
IRA CHUV, Switzerland

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Rue du Grand-Pré 1
CH-1007 Lausanne
Marie-Claire Cantone 
University of Milan, Italy
Curriculum Vitae


Frederic Fahey 
Boston Children's Hospital, USA
Chieko Kurihara-Saio 
Alberto Lachos-Davilla 
Friedo Zölzer 
University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic

Corresponding Members

John Damilakis 
European Alliance for Medical Radiation Protection Research (EURAMED), Greece

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Bernard Le Guen 
Prof Jim Malone 
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Curriculum Vitae

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Margaret Murphy 
Dr Maria del Rosario Perez 
World Health Organisation (WHO), Switzerland