Health Law in Medical Imaging

Course Details

Course Number: RADS 4643  Section Number: X21

Spring 2013

Location: Off-Campus

Classroom Number: Internet

Days & Times:


Course Attachments

Course Calendar  Calendar List View - RADS-4643-X21 Health Law in Medical Imaging Spring Semester 2013-20130125-105454.pdf

Course Syllabus  RADS_4643-X21_Syllabus_SP13-20130125-105533.htm


Ethical and legal issues for imaging professionals
2nd edition, Required Text
  ISBN: 9780323045995

Publication Manual of the American Psychological A
6th edition - Recommended text
  ISBN: 9781433805615

MSU Faculty Member
Gary D. Morrison MEd, RT(R), MRT   
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Course Objectives

Course Overview:  This course serves as an introductory study of laws affecting medical imaging.  Topics include ethical & legal foundations, communication, confidentiality, nonmaleficence, beneficence, patient autonomy, informed consent, death & dying; student & employee rights and responsibilities; healthcare distribution, diversity, new technology and future challenges.


Course Objectives:  Upon completion of this course, a student will:

  • Differentiate between administrative, civil, and statutory law
  • Identify examples of each for the imaging and therapeutic sciences
  • Describe methods of reducing institutional and personal liability
  • Apply the professional practice standards to their personal practice
  • Respect the rights of the patient as described by law, professional practice standards, and ethical standards

Course Expectations

Students can proceed through the course content at their own pace within the boundaries set by the Course Schedule and the MSU Academic Calendar.  See the Course Calendar for specific information about activities and due dates.


Unit Quizzes (40%)


When a student has reviewed a module and is ready for the quiz, he or she will log on to WebCT and receive a customized quiz consisting of randomized multiple choice questions.  See the course calendar for recommended due dates.


It is important to know the module content before attempting the module quizzes.  Quiz scores will be available immediately after a student submits his or her quiz for grading.


All quizzes are open the day that classes begin, so you can work ahead. It is recommended that quizzes be completed and submitted by the recommended due date published in the course calendar.


If students have technical difficulties during a quiz, they should use the "Technical Help" link in the left menu bar in Blackboard, contact the MSU Blackboard Support Staff, and send an email to the course instructor explaining what happened.


If a student finds a faulty quiz test item or believes that a quiz question has been scored incorrectly, he or she should send an email to the course instructor that includes the following:


w        Module Quiz Number (I -VI) & question number

w        Answer the student thinks should be correct

w        Rationale supporting why the student's answer is correct

w        Page numbers must be included when referencing the textbook in a rationale


After reviewing the case, if the course instructor thinks a revision is justified, the student's quiz score will be revised to reflect the additional points and the test bank will be updated.


Annotated Bibliography (20%)


An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited. Creating an annotated bibliography calls for the application of a variety of intellectual skills: concise exposition, succinct analysis, and informed library research.


First, locate and record citations to 5 articles in peer-reviewed journals that contain information that is relevant to this course (ethics, health law, administrative law, labor law, etc.). Cite the book, article, or document using the APA style. There is a link to a helpful APA formats. This is not an all inclusive list of APA formats, it is just a guide. The paper should include a concise annotation that summarizes the central theme and scope of the article. You must also discuss one of the following for each annotation (choose one):

a.      evaluate the authority or background of the author

b.      comment on the intended audience

c.      compare or contrast this work with another you have cited,

d.      explain how this work illuminates your bibliography topic.


More information, resources and the due date are available by visiting the Assignments link. The assignment is due on the date in the course calendar. NO LATE SUBMISSIONS.


Early submissions are appreciated; however, they will not be returned until the end of the semester after all reports have been graded.


Bulletin Board Participation- (10%)


A bulletin board is established for the course. Participation in this type of classroom discussion accounts for 10% of the course grade and students should designate a time each week to participate in this class activity.


The course instructor will post a welcome on the forum for the class at the beginning of the semester. Each student must post one discussion-type question* on the forum for class discussion during the semester. Each student must post "meaningful" responses to at least ten (10) posted questions. The student posting the question will serve as the resource for the discussion by their classmates. In order for the instructor to maintain an accurate accounting of the questions posted, the student must post their name with their question in the subject header. If you are uncertain as to whether or not your question is appropriate, you may e-mail the question to the instructor prior to posting it.


The forum is designed to encourage interaction between course students. Have fun with this activity but take it seriously because it does contribute to your course grade. Remember that posting a question will account for a significant portion (50%) of the course participation grade. This portion of the course grade will be based upon two things: posting a question & replying to any questions/comments from classmates.


*What is a "discussion-type question"? A discussion-type question is one that does not necessarily have a right or wrong answer, unlike a "factual question". It facilitates the exchange of knowledge and thought. On the other hand, if I ask for the sum of 2 + 2, we know that (hopefully) the answer is 4 -- That is a "fact" & there is no room for discussion. There is a right answer & an unlimited number of wrong answers.


What is a "meaningful" response? A meaningful response is one that contributes to or, in some way, sheds new light on the discussion. "I agree with the others" would be an example of a meaningless response.


Blackboard Closed Book Final Exam - (30%)


The final examination is a proctored, "closed book", comprehensive examination of multiple-choice format.  The final exam is a timed, seventy-five (75) minute test. Students must complete the final (and all course work) by the dates published in the course schedule. Please schedule the time for the final with your proctor when completing the required Proctor Application form and returning the application by the due date in the course schedule. You are encouraged to try accessing the course from the proctor's computer prior to showing up for your Final so that access issues (such as pop-up blockers & firewall) can be remedied prior to your scheduled test time.


The unit objectives, study guides, and examinations can be utilized to review for the final. 


Typically acceptable proctor sites and candidates include: 

  • College or University Testing Centers
  • Officials at military base education offices
  • Commercial testing services such as Sylvan, Thomson-Prometric, or Pearson VUE Testing Centers are NOT accepted as testing centers.

The exam site must have reliable Internet connections and should have at least two Internet browsers available (Firefox and Microsoft Explorer).  Sites with extensive firewalls and high security mechanisms may not work for testing.  Please test to be sure you can connect to Blackboard before committing to a proctor site.  High speed connections are more desirable than traditional phone line connections.  The site must support an independent phone line in addition to the computer connection so that calls can be made while the student is connected online.  The proctor must have moderate computer expertise including the ability and authorization to reboot the remote computer.  The student is responsible for any fees proctors charge for their services. 


Even if someone has served as a proctor in previous courses, he or she will not be accepted as a proctor for this course if he or she does not meet these criteria.  Proctor emails will only be sent to commercial or educational email addresses.  Proctor approval is at the discretion of the course instructor.


The proctor form is available in .pdf format from Blackboard.  The proctor forms for this course have been redesigned so please use the appropriate proctor forms.  Students should review the form and get the proctor information ahead of time.  Students should then open the Adobe PDF file and type the required information in the boxes on the forms.  Students should save the form to their hard drive and send it to the proctor as an e-mail attachment.  The proctor will then complete Part C of the form, save it to their hard drive & electronically submit it to the instructor.  If the proctor experiences any problems, they can print the completed form & fax the form to the course instructor (Fax Number 940-397-4845). 


Each student can set his/her exam appointment anytime.  It is better to take the exam during normal working hours to be sure that MSU Technical Support will be available.  The course instructor will provide the examination password to the proctor by email. 


The instructor may be available by phone and email during the exam time in case there are technical difficulties with the electronic version of the exam.  If there are any problems during the exam, the proctor should call the course instructor (Toll Free 866-575-4305, Direct 940-397-4338) If the instructor is not available, contact MSU Technical Support through MSU WebCT, and send an email to the instructor explaining what happened.  The exam may have to be rescheduled.

Grading Standards



Grade Scale

Unit Quizzes


A =

100 - 90

Annotated Bibliography


B =

  89 - 80

Comprehensive Final Exam


C =

  79 - 70

Discussion Board


D =

  69 - 60



F =

  59 & below


Submission Format Policy

Annotated Bibliographies will adhere to APA format and will be submitted electronically as MS Word-compatible files (doc, docX, and rtf)

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

No late submissions will be accepted for any exam or assignment.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

This is an online course and there are no mandatory sessions.  However, the student should be vigilant in logging onto Blackboard.  Regular checks will insure that messages from the instructor are received in a timely manner.

Other Policies

Administrative Process:  Unresolved issues related to this course should be first addressed between the student and the course instructor.  If there is no resolution, students must follow this sequence: 

Department Chair – Dr. Donna Wright (940-397-4615)
College Dean – Dr. James Johnston (940-397-4594)
Dean of Students – Dail Neely (940-397-6273)

 Communication with Instructor: Contact information for the instructor is listed at the beginning of this syllabus.  Email is the preferred mode of communication.  Students must use their standardized MSU Student email for correspondence about this course. 

Faculty members will not be responsible for keeping up with other email addresses for students.

The instructor will respond or at least acknowledge email messages from students within a maximum of five (5) business days when MSU is in session.  Beyond standard university holidays and breaks, the instructor will notify students of any extended periods of time when email contact is not practical (professional meetings, etc)

When there is a need to contact students, the instructor will use the students' "" email account. The instructor is not responsible for sending emails to any other email account. 

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.