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Use of Disclaimers

The use of disclaimers is common. These are documents which individuals are asked to sign to accept that the scan to be undertaken has no medical or clinical purpose or value and no guarantees can be given as to whether the scan is normal or shows an abnormality.

As with all disclaimers, the mere inclusion of a disclaimer, even if properly drafted and placed, does not provide legal protection. The most a disclaimer can accomplish in this respect is to reduce the responsibility of the practitioner. The Society of Radiographers does not advocate the use of disclaimers. Rather, it emphasises that sonographers must at all times use their judgements to assess the risk/benefit of all requests, whether from referral or self-referral source and ensure that their use of ultrasound is prudent.

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