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Investigating the Improvement in 4D CT Images Using AV Biofeedback (GCC0832)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Maryland Identifier:
First received: October 24, 2008
Last updated: March 16, 2015
Last verified: March 2015

This study will look at how tumors in the chest and abdomen move when you breathe. Your doctors are studying if extra 4D CT scans and instructions on how to breathe can help predict this type of movement and improve the accuracy of radiation treatment. 4D CT scans are approved by the FDA. A 4D CT scan is different from a regular CT because it moves slower and takes more pictures. It takes pictures of the way your body moves when you breathe. This gives doctors more pictures of your body so that they can match your pictures to the way you breathe.

In this study, instructions on how to breathe will be visual and audio. Visual instructions will be given to you on a computer screen. You will hear audio instructions through a speaker.

Cancer of the Lung Abdominal Cancer

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Investigating the Improvement in 4D CT Images Using Audiovisual Biofeedback: An Intra-fraction and an Inter-fraction Evaluation.

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Further study details as provided by Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Maryland:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To assess the efficacy of audio visual biofeedback for reducing artifacts for 4 -dimensional computer tomography (4DCT) [ Time Frame: 8 scans over 3 days ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • To evaluate improvement in acquisition of a 4D CT by using audio-visual biofeedback including acquisition procedure, tumor quality [ Time Frame: 8 scans over 3 days ]

Enrollment: 25
Study Start Date: November 2008
Study Completion Date: August 2011
Primary Completion Date: August 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 86 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients with Abdominal & Thoracic malignancies who consent to recieving Radiation treatment at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, will be offered this protocol design.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients 18 years old or older
  • Patients undergoing a scan in the Department of Radiation Oncology for a thoracic or abdominal lesion(s) and identified as candidates for 4D CT.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnant or breast-feeding women are excluded.
  • Negative serum or urine pregnancy test prior to study entry is required. Once on the protocol, the patient will be advised and expected to implement an accepted and effective method of contraception such as oral contraceptives ('the pill'),intrauterine devices (IUD's), contraceptive implants under skin or contraceptive injections and condoms with foam.
  • Patients who have difficulty lying flat on their back for extended periods of time will be excluded.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00780611

United States, Maryland
University of Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21201
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Maryland
Principal Investigator: Warren D'Souza, PhD University of Maryland
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Responsible Party: Department of Radiation Oncology, Principal Investigator, University of Maryland Identifier: NCT00780611     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: HP-00043968
Study First Received: October 24, 2008
Last Updated: March 16, 2015

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lung Neoplasms
Respiratory Tract Neoplasms
Thoracic Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases processed this record on September 21, 2017