Using Perfusion MRI to Measure the Dynamic Changes in Neural Activation Associated With Caloric Vestibular Stimulation

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Verified August 2012 by Lawson Health Research Institute
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Collin Clarke, Lawson Health Research Institute
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01659073
First received: July 23, 2012
Last updated: August 9, 2012
Last verified: August 2012
  Purpose

The investigators propose that Arterial Spin Labelling Functional Magnetic Imaging will be able to capture functional changes associated with caloric vestibular stimulation and better delineate the etiology of the pain augmentation that has been documented with this intervention.


Condition Intervention
Chronic Pain
Procedure: Caloric Vestibular Stimulation

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Using Perfusion MRI to Measure the Dynamic Changes in Neural Activation Associated With Caloric Vestibular Stimulation

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Further study details as provided by Lawson Health Research Institute:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Percent alteration to cerebral blood flow in specific anatomic regions of the cortex. [ Time Frame: During caloric vestibular stimulation and 10min following. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    We will utilize functional imaging to determine what regions of the brain have alterations to cerebral blood flow (as a correlate for function) during caloric vestibular stimulation and then follow these changes for 10min following the intervention. There will be no follow up and no subjective data collection.


Estimated Enrollment: 6
Study Start Date: September 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: January 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Caloric Vestibular Stimulation
Caloric vestibular stimulation performed by a modified stethescope ear attachment attached to an MRI compatible infusion pump.
Procedure: Caloric Vestibular Stimulation
Other Name: Caloric vestibular stimulation performed by a modified stethescope ear attachment attached to an MRI compatible infusion pump.

Detailed Description:

There has been recent success in utilizing the non-invasive caloric vestibular stimulation as a means of modulating chronic pain. Caloric stimulation involves cooling the ear canal with either water or a cooling probe to induce vestibular stimulation. This is a technique frequently performed as part of a neurologic exam.

The current theory of how caloric vestibular stimulation regulates pain is by thermosensory disinhibition. Temperatures below 25 C activate both cold thermoreceptors (Aδ fibers) and also C-nociceptors. These inputs pass in the spinothalamic tract to the thalamus, where the C-fiber input goes to the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) and the Aδ fiber input passes to the thermosensory cortex in the dorsal posterior insula (dpIns). It is proposed that CVS reduces central pain by activating the parieto-insular vestibular cortex. As this area is anatomically adjacent to dorsal posterior insula, it may cross-activate it to suppress the ACC, or given both these cortical areas share pathways in the brainstem this may be the mechanism by which pain is suppressed.

Our team has successfully demonstrated arterial spin labeling (ASL), among other functional magnetic resonance imaging modalities, to capture functional changes in cerebral processing related to pain. This utilizes the principle that increases in cerebral blood flow to a specific region of the cortex is a marker for increased functioning of this region, conversely a decrease of blood flow to a specified region is a correlate of down regulation of this specific region. We propose that ASL will be able to capture functional changes associated with caloric vestibular stimulation and better delineate the etiology of the pain augmentation.

All functional studies will be conducted on a 3 Tesla scanner equipped with an 8-element, receive-only head coil. Each subject will lay in a supine position on the MRI table with their head immobilized by foam padding and a chinstrap. Every study will begin by collecting high-resolution anatomical images using a three-dimensional spoiled GRASS (Gradient Recalled Acquisition in Steady State) sequence. These structural images will be used for placement of the functional images and for anatomical atlas transformation in the image processing. The perfusion-weighted images will be acquired with a pulsed arterial spin labeling (non-invasive) approach. Once the baseline perfusion weighted functional images have been attained a continual functional image acquisition sequence will begin. During this phase the subject will have a series of three 30 second cooled ear canal irrigations separated by 60 seconds. The water will be cooled to 18 degrees Celsius using an ice water combination and standard thermometer. The irrigation will be administered at 2cc per second (total of 30cc per ear over 30 seconds) via an MRI compatible infusion pump through a modified stethoscope with perforations to ensure there is no possibility of pressure build-up within the canal. Following this series, perfusion weighted images will be collected for a subsequent 10minutes. Subjects will be welcome to discontinue from the study at any time they see fit. Each functional study will comprise 24.5 minutes. 10 minutes of baseline imaging 5.5 minutes of initial functional imaging, 4.5 min of caloric vestibular stimulation and 5.5 minutes of repeat functional imaging.

Images are to be reconstructed using software written in IDL (Interactive Data Language, Research Systems, Boulder, CO). Functional image pre-processing and statistical analyses will be performed with Statistical Parametric Mapping software (SPM2, Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience, University College London, UK, http://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/spm). The end data will be a measurement, in percentage change, of blood flow to specific anatomic regions of the cortex.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Healthy
  • 18-65

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Contraindication to Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01659073

Contacts
Contact: Collin F Clarke, MD 519-685-8500 ext 64184 cclarke@uwo.ca

Locations
Canada, Ontario
Lawson Health Research Institute Not yet recruiting
London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 4V2
Contact: Collin F Clarke, MD    519-685-8500 ext 64184    cclarke@uwo.ca   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Lawson Health Research Institute
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Collin F Clarke, MD Lawson Health Research Institute
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Collin Clarke, Principal Investigator, Lawson Health Research Institute
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01659073     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 18878
Study First Received: July 23, 2012
Last Updated: August 9, 2012
Health Authority: Canada: Ethics Review Committee

Keywords provided by Lawson Health Research Institute:
Caloric Vestibular Stimulation
Functional Imaging

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