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Investigation of Bone Defects and Microcirculation With Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified December 2016 by German Cancer Research Center
Heidelberg University
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German Cancer Research Center Identifier:
First received: April 14, 2010
Last updated: December 6, 2016
Last verified: December 2016

Subject of the proposed study is the non-invasive in vivo imaging of bone, bone marrow and localized microcirculation in test animals with osteoporosis, fractures and after placement of bone substitute material with volume computed tomography (VCT) (animals only) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Furthermore patients with multiple myeloma (MM) will be examined before and after placement of a commercially available bone substitute material. Osseous structures before intervention and structural changes of the bone especially at the junction of substitute material and residual bone will be documented. At this, the proposed techniques allow imaging of the dynamic healing processes in the living organism.

As next step patients with asymptomatic MM will be investigated with functional Imaging longitudinally to predict the occurence of osteolyses at time of Progression.

Hypothesis: Affection of microcirculation at the junction of bone and bone substitute material can be displayed by VCT and functional MRI

Multiple Myeloma
Vertebral Fracture

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Examination of Bone Defects and Microcirculation Using Volume Computed Tomography and Dynamic Contrast-enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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Further study details as provided by German Cancer Research Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Changes of microcirculation at the interface between bone and implanted xenomaterial in patients with osteoporosis or multiple myeloma [ Time Frame: before (baseline)and after intervention, in follow-up 2 weeks, 1 month, 4 months after intervention ]
    This is a study within a multicenter multiproject frame. Development of bone-stabilizing implant material designed to stimulate the formation and regeneration of physiologically structured bone after vertebral collapse will be investigated. The subproject examins the interaction between host and graft. Hypothesis: Implanted materials will function as a framework for osteogenesis, and successful integration of the foreign material goes along with transient increase in microcirculation. Amplitude A and exchange rate constant kep of DCE-MRI will be measured to detect changes in microcirculation.

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: July 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: July 2022
Estimated Primary Completion Date: July 2018 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
patients with benign osteoporosis

Detailed Description:

In 157 patients with asymptomatic MM dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) and diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) of the vertebral column will be performed every 6 months until progression and/ or occurance of first osteolysis.

In an experimental study, mice, rats and sheep with and without an osteoporotic phenotype will be imaged with VCT, morphologic MRI, DCE-MRI and DWI. Using these methods, bone structure, vascularization and cellularity will be assessed in control and osteoporotic animals. Furthermore, these morphological and functional imaging techniques will be applied before and after implantation of biomaterials in bone in order to characterize morphological and functional changes in bone upon implantation of these biomaterials.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
patients with benign osteoporosis

Inclusion Criteria:

  • benign osteoporosis

Exclusion Criteria:

  • contra-indications for MRI
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01374412

Contact: Stefan Delorme, MD +49/6221/42-2563

German Cancer Research Center Recruiting
Heidelberg, Germany, 69120
Sponsors and Collaborators
German Cancer Research Center
Heidelberg University
Study Chair: Reinhard Schnettler, MD Gießen University, Heidelberg
  More Information

Responsible Party: German Cancer Research Center Identifier: NCT01374412     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Transregio79B8
Study First Received: April 14, 2010
Last Updated: December 6, 2016

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Multiple Myeloma
Spinal Fractures
Neoplasms, Plasma Cell
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Hemostatic Disorders
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Blood Protein Disorders
Hematologic Diseases
Hemorrhagic Disorders
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Bone Diseases, Metabolic
Bone Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Spinal Injuries
Back Injuries
Wounds and Injuries
Fractures, Bone processed this record on April 21, 2017