Incidentaloma Discoveries in the Course of Neuroimaging Research

Emmanuel Stip, Jean Philippe Miron, Marie Nolin, Geneviève Letourneau, Odette Bernazzani, Laurie Chamelian, Bernard Boileau, Mona Gupta, David Luck, Ovidiu Lungu

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Among healthy volunteers in psychiatric brain functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) research studies, the prevalence of incidentalomas can be as high as 34%, of which 10% show clinical significance. An incidentaloma is a lesion found by coincidence without clinical symptoms or suspicion. Like lesions and other types of accidental findings, it is found in healthy individuals recruited to take part in psychiatric studies. The prevalence of these accidental findings among specific psychiatric populations remains unknown. However, a precise understanding of cerebral neuroanatomy, neuroradiological expertise, and an appropriate choice of fMRI exploration sequences will increase the sensitivity of identifying these accidental findings and enable researchers to address their clinical relevance and nature. We present recommendations on how to appropriately inform patients or participants of the accidental findings. Additionally, we propose specific suggestions pertaining to the clinical research setting aimed for investigators and psychiatrists. Unlike current articles pertaining to incidentaloma, the current report provides a distinct focus on psychiatric issues and specific recommendations for studies involving psychiatric patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-279
Number of pages5
JournalCanadian Journal of Neurological Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Ethics
  • Legal issues
  • Neuroethics
  • Neuroimaging
  • Neurological practice
  • Neurology - Education
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Neurovascular
  • Psychiatry
  • fMRI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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