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12.4 Consent

It is imperative that all independent practitioners are aware of the issues surrounding the gaining of consent from patients and others attending for diagnostic imaging or radiotherapy. Radiographers and sonographers have professional duties and responsibilities in terms of conduct, performance and ethics including a requirement to only undertake those tasks in which they are competent and for which appropriate patient consent has been obtained. The principle of consent to an examination carried out by a healthcare professional is the right of patients to determine what happens to their bodies. The radiographer or sonographer who does not respect this principle is potentially liable to both legal action by the patient and by a regulatory body such as the Health and Care Professions Council. SCoR advice can be found within ‘Consent to Imaging and Radiotherapy Treatment Examinations’ (2007). 26

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