News of the WeekChina

Fear of MRI Scans Trips Up Brain Researchers

See allHide authors and affiliations

Science  19 Feb 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5968, pp. 931
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5968.931-a

You are currently viewing the summary.

View Full Text

Log in to view the full text

Log in through your institution

Log in through your institution

Summary

Chinese neuroscientists seeking to recruit subjects for a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder last December came away empty-handed. Although MRI is widely embraced in China as a diagnostic tool, parents are reluctant to expose children to strong magnetic fields, making it difficult to recruit subjects for research studies. The challenge of recruiting healthy children for studies has compelled some researchers to resort to ill children—an approach that can backfire. Some colleagues sympathize and suggest that exceptions to standard research practice should sometimes be allowed, but others disagree.