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Vibration Response Imaging (VRI) in Lung Cancer Patients

This study has been completed.
Deep Breeze
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: July 24, 2007
Last updated: July 31, 2012
Last verified: July 2012

Primary Objective:

  • To estimate the accuracy of the pre-operative VRI QRF (Quantitative Regional Function) results versus the gold standard QRRVP (Quantitative Radionuclide Study of Regional Lung Ventilation and Perfusion) pre-operative scan.

Secondary Objective:

  • To assess the correlation of the predicted post-operative lung function with the observed post-operative lung function (FEV1 and DLCO) in patients who underwent surgical resection. (FEV1 = Forced expiratory volume in 1-second. DLCO = Diffusion capacity for carbon monoxide. ppo = predicted postoperative.)

Condition Intervention
Lung Cancer
Procedure: Vibration Response Imaging

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Vibration Response Imaging (VRI) in Patients Who Are Candidates for Undergoing Surgical Resection Due to Lung Cancer or Other Intrathoracic Malignancy

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Further study details as provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To learn the level of accuracy of pre-surgery results from the Vibration Response Imaging (VRI) system compared with the results from the standard pre-surgery lung function test that is performed on patients with lung cancer or cancer in the chest. [ Time Frame: 4 Years ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • To learn the level of accuracy of the VRI system in predicting how the lungs will function after surgery. [ Time Frame: 4 Years ]

Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: November 2006
Study Completion Date: August 2009
Primary Completion Date: August 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
VRI System
Vibration Response Imaging (VRI) System
Procedure: Vibration Response Imaging
Lung function test performed using the VRI system immediately before or after the standard lung function test.

Detailed Description:

The current standard lung function test uses radioisotopes (materials that produce radiation) injected in a vein and breathed into the lungs, which can show images of the function of the lungs.

The VRI system uses pressure sensors that act like electronic stethoscopes (tools used by doctors to listen to the heart and other sounds in the body). These sensors can record the energy (vibrations) created by the airflow in the lungs during the breathing process, which can then be visually imaged.

Before you can start this study, there will be a screening evaluation. The study doctor will review your medical record to find out if you are eligible to take part in this study. Information that will be viewed will include whether you have a skin lesion that might interfere with sensor placement, whether you have a cardiac pacemaker, and/or pregnancy test results. The study doctor will review with you the other types of information that will be viewed from your medical record to find out if you are eligible to take part in this study. For women who are able to have children, if you do not have a negative pregnancy test result in your medical record, you will not be able to take part in this study.

If you are found to be eligible and you agree to take part in this study, you will have a lung function test with the VRI system immediately before or after the standard lung function test. To perform the VRI test, you will be asked to remove your shirt and put on a garment to cover the front of your body. You will also be asked to remove your jewelry and other body accessories. You will then be asked to sit on a backless chair, and you will be instructed how to sit with the proper posture and breathe correctly for this test.

Before recording starts, the sensors will be cleaned and then placed on your back. You will be instructed to breathe deeply for up to 12 seconds (about 2-3 times), and the vibration responses will be recorded. You will have a total of 3 recording sessions, one after the other. Once all the recording is done, the sensors will be removed. The VRI image of the vibrations will then be examined by the operator in order to check the quality of the image.

The signals recorded from the sensors will be transferred to a computer so that researchers can study the images. The results of the recordings will be compared with the standard lung function test results. This will help researchers learn the level of accuracy of the VRI system in predicting how the lungs will function after surgery.

You will not be told of the results from the VRI testing because the results will not be used to diagnose your medical condition, nor will any medical decisions be made based on the VRI results. The VRI system is only used for investigational purposes in this study and will not replace the current diagnostic methods.

If you undergo surgery, as part of your standard care, you will also return to the clinic for standard tests to check your lung function 4-12 weeks and 4-12 months after your surgery. Researchers will compare your pre-surgery test results (both the standard test results and the VRI results) with the results of the tests after surgery (standard tests) to learn the level of accuracy of the VRI system in predicting how the lungs will function after surgery.

This is an investigational study. The VRI system is not FDA approved or commercially available for use in the United States. All will be enrolled at M. D. Anderson.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 90 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients diagnosed with lung cancer or other intrathoracic malignancy.

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Able and willing to read, understand, and provide written Informed Consent, and
  2. Male or Female in the age range 18-90 years, and
  3. Referred to perform QRRVP test for pre lung surgery evaluation due to lung cancer or other intrathoracic malignancy, and
  4. BMI (body mass index) equal to or greater than 19

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Chest wall deformation, or
  2. Spine deformation (including severe scoliosis), or
  3. Hirsutism on back, or
  4. Potentially contagious skin lesion on the back, or
  5. Skin lesion that would interfere with sensor placement, or
  6. Cardiac pacemaker or implantable defibrillator
  7. Pregnancy (all women of childbearing age must have a negative pregnancy test before beginning the study) or breast feeding
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00506467

United States, Texas
U.T.M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Deep Breeze
Principal Investigator: Rodolfo C. Morice, MD M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00506467     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2006-0668
Study First Received: July 24, 2007
Last Updated: July 31, 2012

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
Intrathoracic Malignancy
Lung Cancer
Vibration Response Imaging

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lung Neoplasms
Respiratory Tract Neoplasms
Thoracic Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases processed this record on April 28, 2017