Toward a uniform policy for handling incidental findings in neuroimaging research.
A recent study carried out at the University of California, Irvine exemplifies a commonly overlooked ethical conundrum of neuroimaging research: incidental findings. Research study designs must address the potential of uncovering unexpected findings in subjects during the study and delineate a protocol for reporting and initiating treatment. We urge the community to petition their home institutional review board to mandate inclusion of an incidental findings protocol into all neuroimaging research applications.
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