Applications of Realtime Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI )

This study is not yet open for participant recruitment. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified May 2013 by Stanford University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sean Mackey, Stanford University Identifier:
First received: January 29, 2010
Last updated: May 14, 2013
Last verified: May 2013

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
Procedure: Real-time fMRI feedback

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

Further study details as provided by Stanford University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Pain reduction as measured by visual analog scale (VAS) pain report [ Time Frame: Within the 2 hour feedback session ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Control of brain activity as measured by fMRI analysis [ Time Frame: Within the 2 hour feedback session ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 400
Study Start Date: January 2014
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    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
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
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
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01111617

Contact: Rebecca McCue

United States, California
Stanford University School of Medicine Not yet recruiting
Stanford, California, United States, 94305
Contact: Rebecca McCue   
Principal Investigator: Sean Mackey         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Stanford University
Principal Investigator: Sean Mackey Stanford University
  More Information

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Responsible Party: Sean Mackey, Assistant Professor, Stanford University Identifier: NCT01111617     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SU-11062007-809, 95194
Study First Received: January 29, 2010
Last Updated: May 14, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board processed this record on March 26, 2015