Incidental Findings – Ethical Aspects

  • Pia Erdmann
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


This article deals with ethical aspects of incidental/secondary resp. discovery findings (IFs) from imaging techniques that are generated in clinical care, medical research or the context of direct-to-consumer services. After the questions and challenges, typically raised by IFs are introduced, the second part focusses on ethical prerequisites and reflects principles that are capable of providing a normative foundation in dealing with IFs. The final part presents recommendations on the basis of these principles as a guideline to ensure responsible planning as well as to take suitable measures, to avoid (or at least mitigate) the hazards of IFs.


Ethical Principle Royal College Incidental Finding Research Context Ethical Challenge 
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This publication originates from within the framework of the research network MENON – medical theoretical, ethical, and economical evaluation of System Medicine. The MENON Consortium is financed by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (federal ministry of education and research) (01GP1408A and 01GP1408B).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Theologische Fakultät, Lehrstuhl für Systematische TheologieErnst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität GreifswaldGreifswaldGermany

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