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

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There is increasing interest in the application of quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods to drug development, but as yet there is 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, Adam J. Schwarz et al. review the processes on the sponsor side and also the procedures involved in data acquisition at the imaging site.

They 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.

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