Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Spine (MRIS)

This study has been terminated.
(No patients were enrolled, due to logistic difficulties, no funding was acquired.)
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First received: September 13, 2005
Last updated: June 24, 2011
Last verified: May 2011

Diffusion-weighted (DW) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) imaging is a well established method for detecting acute injury to the brain and is used on all children undergoing an MRI brain scan at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. The possibility of using DW MRI to study other areas of the body, such as the spinal cord, has been recognised as having great clinical potential. However, two main problems have hindered the clinical application of the technique; firstly, the extreme motion sensitivity of the technique meant that respiratory motion have hampered clinical studies. Secondly, the close proximity of the spinal cord to the bones in the spinal column complicates the application of the techniques developed for the brain to the spine. Recently, several techniques have been developed which address these problems and these are now available on the MRI scanners used at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

We now wish to evaluate how well these techniques work on children in a routine clinical setting. For this reason we wish to add a single scan of the spine to the imaging protocol of children receiving a routine scan of the brain or spine. This will permit us to evaluate the image quality in both normal and abnormal spines. We plan on enrolling 60 patients with normal spines and 30 patients with abnormal spines. No additional sedation and/or contrast will be required and the additional imaging time for the diffusion studies will be less than 10 minutes. Parental consent will be a pre-requisite for any patient to be enrolled into the study.

Condition Intervention
Tethered Cord
Chiari I Malformation
Procedure: MRI

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Spine

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Enrollment: 0
Study Start Date: March 2008
Study Completion Date: December 2009
Primary Completion Date: December 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
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Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 18 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with tethered cords.
  • Patients with Chiari I malformations.
  • Normal children undergoing a MRI of the spine.

Exclusion Criteria:

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01382290

United States, Georgia
Childrens Healthcare at Scottish Rite
Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30342
Sponsors and Collaborators
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Principal Investigator: Richard Jones, PhD Emory University/Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
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Responsible Party: Richard Jones, PhD, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Identifier: NCT01382290     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MRI DIffusion Spine 
Study First Received: September 13, 2005
Last Updated: June 24, 2011
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

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