Incidental findings during functional magnetic resonance imaging ethical and procedural issues

Samuel R. Pierce, Richard T. Lauer, Laura A. Prosser, Feroze B. Mohamed, Jaimie B. Dougherty, Scott H. Faro, Randall R. Betz

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Abstract

Pierce SR, Lauer RT, Prosser LA, Mohamed FB, Dougherty JB, Faro SH, Betz RR: Incidental findings during fMRI: ethical and procedural issues. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2009;88:275-277. This purpose of this report was to describe the discovery of an incidental finding during functional magnetic resonance imaging in a child of typical development. During the completion of a functional magnetic resonance imaging protocol, an abnormality was noted by a board-certified neuroradiologist that was identified as a benign developmental arachnoid pouch. Significant ethical concerns were apparent with the discovery of an incidental finding, which included how to address the likelihood of incidental findings in the consent and assent process, how to disclose the incidental findings to the subject's parents and primary care provider, and how to minimize subject and parental anxiety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-277
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Volume88
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2009

Keywords

  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging
  • Incidental findings
  • Pediatrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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