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Advanced MRI in Major Depression

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Aarhus Identifier:
First received: January 31, 2008
Last updated: November 18, 2011
Last verified: November 2011

Depression is the most common psychiatric disorder.

  • 3-5% of a given population has major depression.
  • Less than 50% of the depressed in Denmark are diagnosed with major depression.
  • 25-50% of the depressed have a relative with major depression-underlying brain pathology?

The purpose of this study is to use MRI to evaluate cerebral morphology and function in ambulant patients with major depression

Condition Intervention
Depressive Disorder, Major Other: Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Advanced MRI at 3T for the Evaluation of Ambulant Patients With Major Depression

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Further study details as provided by University of Aarhus:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Differences in morphological and functional cerebral MRI findings in patients suffering from major depression [ Time Frame: 6 months from first MRI in each patient ]

Enrollment: 49
Study Start Date: March 2008
Study Completion Date: June 2011
Primary Completion Date: December 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Ambulant patients with major depression
Other: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Morphological sequences
  • Arterial Spin Labelling (Perfusion)
  • Spectroscopy: anterior cingulate cortex Naa, Cho, Cr, Myo-inositol, glutamate TE 30 Reference voxel in Parietal white matter
Other Name: 3 Tesla GE Scanner HDx

Detailed Description:

Previous studies within major depression, have often included hospitalized patients with severe symptoms and imaging have been performed with PET and SPECT, which uses ionizing radiation. This study focus on ambulant patients(with or without medication/ECT treatment), to find patients in an earlier stage. Cerebral perfusion with the MR sequence Arterial Spin Labelling, concentrations of different metabolites with MR spectroscopy and brain volumetry with BRAVO 3D T1 ax will be performed.

MR protocol: T2 sag, T2 FLAIR ax, ASL ax, MRS and 3D T1 ax. Scan time 45 min.


Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Ambulant patients with major depression, selected from the Department of Psychatry, Aalborg hospital-Århus University Hospital.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients who fulfil ICD-10´s criteria for major depression, found within the ambulant psychiatric sector and who has a HAM-D ≥ 18

Exclusion Criteria:

  • If the patient has pacemaker or other magnetic devices
  • Pregnancy
  • Has had an operation in the brain
  • bipolar disorder
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00613912

Aalborg Hospital / Aarhus University Hospital
Aalborg, Jutland, Denmark, 9000
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Aarhus
Principal Investigator: Elna-Marie B Larsson, Professor Uppsala University Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of Aarhus Identifier: NCT00613912     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AUFF-2005-740-004
Study First Received: January 31, 2008
Last Updated: November 18, 2011

Keywords provided by University of Aarhus:
Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, Perfusion, brain

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depressive Disorder
Depressive Disorder, Major
Behavioral Symptoms
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on September 18, 2017