Use of Thermal and 3D Imaging to Quantify Arthritis

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified February 2011 by University of Pittsburgh.
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
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First received: January 6, 2010
Last updated: February 16, 2011
Last verified: February 2011

One of the biggest challenges in caring for patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) is quantifying the degree of disease activity in any given joint. We have built a prototype device using well-established sensors to rapidly quantify surface swelling and heat in arthritic joints. The goal of our studies is to test the hypothesis that this Imager can improve the clinical assessment of arthritis.

Condition Intervention
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Other: 3D and thermal imaging

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Use of Thermal and 3D Imaging to Quantify Arthritis

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Further study details as provided by University of Pittsburgh:

Estimated Enrollment: 230
Study Start Date: January 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date: March 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Adult RA Other: 3D and thermal imaging
subjects will be imaged before and after receiving DMARD therapy
pediatric JRA Other: 3D and thermal imaging
subjects will be imaged before and after receiving DMARD therapy


Ages Eligible for Study:   4 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

children with JRA adults with RA


Inclusion Criteria:

  • at least 4 years of age

Exclusion Criteria:

  • less than 4 years of age
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01044823

Contact: Kimberly Francis, MS 412-692-5081

United States, Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh Recruiting
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15224
Contact: Kim Francis    412-692-5970      
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Pittsburgh
  More Information

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Responsible Party: Allen DiPalma/Director of Research, University of Pittsburgh Identifier: NCT01044823     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PRO08040135, R21AR056690
Study First Received: January 6, 2010
Last Updated: February 16, 2011
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

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Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Arthritis, Juvenile
Arthritis, Rheumatoid
Autoimmune Diseases
Connective Tissue Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases processed this record on September 03, 2015