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Research Malpractice and the Issue of Incidental Findings

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Human subject research involving brain imaging is likely to reveal signifcant incidental fndings of abnormal brain morphology. Because of this fact and because of the fduciary relationship between researcher and subject, board-certi-fed or board-eligible radiologists should review the scans to look for any abnormality, the scans should be conducted in accordance with standard medical practice for reviewing the clinical status of the whole brain, and the informed consent process should disclose the possibility that incidental fndings may be revealed and what consequences will follow. In the event such fndings are revealed, qualifed physicians should explain to the subject the signifcance of the fndings and the alternatives available.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: With the Pennsauken, NJ law firm of Sherman Silverstein Kohl Rose & Podolsky.

Publication date: June 1, 2008


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