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Applications of Realtime Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI )

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified August 2015 by Sean Mackey, Stanford University.
Recruitment status was:  Enrolling by invitation
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sean Mackey, Stanford University Identifier:
First received: January 29, 2010
Last updated: August 5, 2015
Last verified: August 2015
The goal of this research program is to determine the potential effectiveness of real-time fMRI training in improving mental control over pain.

Condition Intervention
Pain Procedure: Real-time fMRI feedback

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Applications of Realtime fMRI Phase II

Further study details as provided by Sean Mackey, Stanford University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Pain reduction as measured by visual analog scale (VAS) pain report [ Time Frame: Within the 2 hour feedback session ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Control of brain activity as measured by fMRI analysis [ Time Frame: Within the 2 hour feedback session ]

Estimated Enrollment: 400
Study Start Date: January 2014
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Real-Time fMRI
Real-Time fMRI
Procedure: Real-time fMRI feedback
Patients receive real-time fMRI biofeedback to modulate pain

Detailed Description:
A research study that looks at pain and how you experience pain. This research project aims to use virtual reality-based real-time functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (rtfMRI) to assess brain activation during the experience of pain and while subjects attempt to mentally control their pain response.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 18-65
  • Chronic Pain patient or healthy control
  • Ability to perform the experimental task

Exclusion Criteria:

  • MRI contraindication (metal implants, claustrophobia, pregnant or planning to become pregnant)
  • History of psychiatric disorder (at the discretion of the investigator as to whether it interferes with the experimental task)
  • History of Blistering
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01111617

United States, California
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, California, United States, 94305
Sponsors and Collaborators
Stanford University
Principal Investigator: Sean Mackey Stanford University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Sean Mackey, Assistant Professor, Stanford University Identifier: NCT01111617     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SU-11062007-809
Study First Received: January 29, 2010
Last Updated: August 5, 2015 processed this record on September 21, 2017