Commentary| Volume 8, ISSUE 2, P137-139, February 2023

Pregnancy Testing Before Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Neuroimaging Research: Balancing Risks to Fetuses With Risks to Youth and Adult Participants

Published:August 21, 2022DOI:
      It is crucial to protect our participants from undue risk while conducting research. For human neuroimaging, many institutions require excluding pregnant individuals from completing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for research to minimize potential risk. This often entails mandatory urine pregnancy testing for all individuals assigned female at birth who have started to menstruate. This restriction stemmed from early concerns about fetal health from animal studies that have not been substantiated through human research. Yet some institutions do not require this, and many researchers are actively pursuing human fetal MRI.
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