CTE Sessions at EANM’10

EANM’10 – CTE Session IV

October 11, 2010, 16:30 – 18:00
Joint session with the ESTRO Technologist Section

Moderators: C. Pestean (Cluj-Napoca), M. Hinterreiter (Linz)

D. Piciu (Cluj-Napoca):
Ethical and moral aspects of human based research
P. Hogg (Manchester):
What types of research can be done in nuclear medicine?
J. Jorge (Lausanne):
Technologist and student technologist involvement in research

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this session the attendee will have an understanding of:

  1. Discuss the international standards for ethical research in humans, paying particular attention to the Helsinki Declaration.
  2. Explain the background to the Helsinki Declaration, tracing its origins back to the Nuremberg Trials.
  3. State the moral obligations that researchers should consider when conducting research with humans.
  4. From a methodological point of view, identify the key components of clinical research in the context of nuclear medicine.
  5. State the areas in which qualitative and quantitative research could have a positive impact on the management and delivery of a routine clinical nuclear medicine service.
  6. Taking both qualitative and quantitative methodologies into account and in the context of nuclear medicine, state the typical characteristics that would be evident in each of these approaches to research.
  7. State how student nuclear medicine technologists and radiographers might become involved in research.
  8. Explain how such students might be supported to present material at conferences and seminars.
  9. Similarly, state how such students might be supported to publish their work


Research remains a cornerstone in medical developments and always will assure the progress in health science and its connected areas. Research is essential in nuclear medicine, as we need to update the available methods for therapy and diagnostic or even to develop new ones. Research on humans represents the greatest challenge for those involved in this and we must be aware of specialty guidelines and protocols, to know exactly the direction it takes but also, the limits. For this, it is essential to know also the ethical and moral involvements of research against the subjects, society and science, besides all the gains that result from it. Research on humans must be conducted within strict guidelines that preserve human rights and dignity and this session will partly address this matter. Also it is essential to understand general principles that rule the research processes and how a research project must be conducted and developed. Technologists or student technologists may have a good contribution in a research project due to their direct involvement in daily practice or, respectively, in study activities.

Key Words:

research in nuclear medicine, Helsinki Declaration, medical ethics, human rights and dignity

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