The Risks and Benefits of Searching for Incidental Findings in MRI Research Scans
Abstract:We weigh the presumed benefts of routinely searching all research scans for incidental fndings (IFs) against its substantial risks, including false-positive and false-negative fndings, and the possibility of triggering unnecessary, costly evaluations and perhaps harmful treatments. We argue that routinely searching for IFs may not maximize benefts and minimize risks to participants.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Currently a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the City University of New York. 2: The Suzanne Crosby Murphy Professor in Pediatric Neuropsychiatry and Director of MRI Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons and the New York State Psychiatric Institute.
Publication date: June 1, 2008