Ethical considerations in functional magnetic resonance imaging research in acutely comatose patients

Brain. 2016 Jan;139(Pt 1):292-9. doi: 10.1093/brain/awv272. Epub 2015 Sep 15.


Determining the prognosis of comatose patients is difficult, and yet this information is vital for informing treatment decisions. While fMRI offers promise as a prognostic tool, further research is needed into its use. Weijer et al. provide the first analysis of the ethical issues surrounding such research in comatose patients.

Keywords: coma; functional MRI; prognosis; research ethics; traumatic brain injury.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Coma*
  • Human Experimentation / ethics*
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent / ethics*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / ethics*