Ethics of functional neuroimaging at bedside


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Abstract

EXECUTIVE SUMMARYFunctional neuroimaging is currently used largely in the research setting, but there is potential for it to be used as a clinically actionable tool for disorders of consciousness. Some ethical considerations:Availability of magnetic resonance imaging scans varies widely.Patients in a disordered state of consciousness could potentially communicate their preferences.The general public may be unaware of the limitations and risks involved.

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