Ethical problems in radiology: radiological consumerism

Nicola Magnavita, Antonio Bergamaschi

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One of the causes of the increasing request for radiological examinations occurring in all economically developed countries is the active role played by the patient-consumer. Consumerism places the radiologist in an ethical dilemma, between the principle of autonomy on the one hand and the ethical principles of beneficence, nonmaleficence and justice on the other. The choice made by radiologists in moral dilemmas is inspired by an adherence to moral principles, which in Italy and elsewhere refer to the Judaeo-Christian tradition or to neo-Darwinian relativism. Whatever the choice, the radiologist is bound to adhere to that choice and to provide the patient with all the relevant information regarding his or her state of health.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1173-1181
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Beneficence
  • Choice Behavior
  • Consumer Advocacy
  • Decision Making
  • Ethics, Clinical
  • Ethics, Medical
  • Humans
  • Italy
  • Patient Participation
  • Patient Rights
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Radiology
  • Religion and Medicine
  • Social Responsibility


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