A procedural framework for good imaging practice in pharmacological fMRI studies applied to drug development #1: processes and requirements

Drug Discov Today. 2011 Jul;16(13-14):583-93. doi: 10.1016/j.drudis.2011.05.006. Epub 2011 May 24.


There is increasing interest in the application of quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods to drug development, but as yet little standardization or best practice guidelines for its use in this context. Pharmaceutical trials are subject to regulatory constraints and sponsor company processes, including site qualification and expectations around study oversight, blinding, quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC), analysis and reporting of results. In this article, we review the processes on the sponsor side and also the procedures involved in data acquisition at the imaging site. We then propose summary recommendations to help guide appropriate imaging site qualification, as part of a framework of 'good imaging practice' for functional (f)MRI studies applied to drug development.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Trials as Topic / methods*
  • Clinical Trials as Topic / standards
  • Drug Design*
  • Drug Industry / methods
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / standards
  • Quality Control