The Purpose of This Study is to Evaluate New Commercially Available MRI Sequence and/or Hardware

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Kent Ogden, State University of New York - Upstate Medical University Identifier:
First received: March 12, 2008
Last updated: May 12, 2015
Last verified: May 2015

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive diagnostic imaging technology that produces images of the body. This technology does not utilize radiation, as does Computed Tomography (CT) but relies on radio waves and a strong magnet to produce images.

The purpose of this study is to evaluate new commercially available MR imaging sequence and/or hardware that have been installed on an existing MR unit or to evaluate a new MR unit. The study also serves to familiarize the MR technical staff with how to operate the new equipment. The information obtained will be used to optimize new MR equipment that has been installed on the MR scanner


Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Evaluation and Optimization of New MRI Hardware and Software in Existing SUNY MRI Units and Newly Installed Commercially Available Units.

Further study details as provided by State University of New York - Upstate Medical University:

Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: October 2006
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2020
Estimated Primary Completion Date: September 2020 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has been utilized for 20 years as a clinical and research tool at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Currently, there are five (5) MR (1 low-field 0.2 Tesla, 3 high-field 1.5 Tesla and 1 3.0 Tesla) units in use on the university campus. During this time, new imaging sequences and hardware including smaller more powerful magnets and faster computers have been developed that assist in the diagnosis of many disease processes. MR Angiography, MR Spectroscopy, diffusion weighted imaging and a dedicated combination Neurovascular head and neck coil are just several of the many imaging sequences and specialized coils that have been developed over the last several years.

New imaging sequences and hardware including 4.0 and 7.0 Tesla magnets are currently undergoing development and testing at several universities in the United States and worldwide. As a consequence of the many new innovations in MR imaging we must periodically upgrade our existing MR units and on occasion replace one of our existing MR units or purchase a new MR unit. This will ensure that we have the most up to date MR equipment to provide state of the art diagnostic imaging capabilities at University Hospital. The new imaging sequences and/or hardware must be optimized for each MR unit to achieve the highest signal to noise (SNR) and contrast to noise (CNR) ratios in a reasonable scan time. This practice is routinely performed at every university and private hospital as well as outpatient imaging center when a new MR unit is installed and when an existing unit is upgraded


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
any subjects willing to undergo an MRI

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Able to understand and sign informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Subject who is > 300 pounds
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00640107

United States, New York
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, New York, United States, 13210
Sponsors and Collaborators
State University of New York - Upstate Medical University
Principal Investigator: Kent Ogden, PhD State University of New York - Upstate Medical University
  More Information

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Responsible Party: Kent Ogden, PhD, State University of New York - Upstate Medical University Identifier: NCT00640107     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SUNYUMU 5431
Study First Received: March 12, 2008
Last Updated: May 12, 2015
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging processed this record on November 27, 2015