Research Malpractice and the Issue of Incidental Findings
Article first published online: 2 JUN 2008
© 2008 American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Inc.
The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
Volume 36, Issue 2, pages 356–360, Summer 2008
How to Cite
Milstein, A. C. (2008), Research Malpractice and the Issue of Incidental Findings. The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 36: 356–360. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-720X.2008.00280.x
- Issue published online: 2 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 2 JUN 2008
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.