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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Characterization of Carotid Plaque and Prediction of End-organ and Clinical Outcomes

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 September 2011 by Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dr. Alan Moody, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Identifier:
First received: September 22, 2011
Last updated: September 23, 2011
Last verified: September 2011

The Canadian Atherosclerosis Imaging Network (CAIN) is a pan-canadian imaging network funded through grants from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). This unique research network is focused on the pathobiology of atherosclerotic disease as it pertains to the coronary and carotid circulations. The CAIN research program involves the creation of a unique national network focused on in vivo imaging of vessel wall disease, combined with imaging of occult end-organ disease as well as the acquisition of clinical and pathological end points. CAIN enables unprecedented cross-sectional and longitudinal clinical studies of patients with atherosclerotic disease in coronary or carotid vascular beds, and has established an international resource for studying the natural history, progression, regression and novel therapeutic interventions aimed at atherosclerosis.

The primary outcome of this study is to accurately characterise carotid plaque morphology in non-surgical patients with mild to severe (30-95%) carotid disease. The investigators will also assess evidence of ischaemic brain disease. Patients will undergo MRI scanning of the brain and carotid and US scanning of the carotid at baseline and thereafter at 1 and 2 years or sooner if presenting clinically in order to monitor the natural history of carotid atherosclerosis and its effect on end-organ brain disease.

Patients will consent to baseline scanning and follow up at 1 and 2 years, and databasing of clinical and imaging data. After each imaging session images will be processed, stored locally and also sent to a central repository. 500 patients will be recruited over a 2 year period in anticipation of study completion within 4 years.

Carotid Artery Disease

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Characterization of Carotid Plaque and Prediction of End-organ and Clinical Outcomes

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Further study details as provided by Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre:

Estimated Enrollment: 500
Study Start Date: March 2010

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
patients from tertiary care centre

Inclusion Criteria:

  • male and female patients over the age of 18 years.
  • written informed consent (approved by the Institutional Review Board [IRB]/Independent Ethics Committee [IEC]) obtained prior to any study specific procedures.
  • patient with mild to severe carotid artery disease

Exclusion Criteria:

  • any condition that would contra-indicate Magnetic Resonance Imaging or administration of contrast agent
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01440296

Canada, Ontario
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Recruiting
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4N 3M5
Contact: Alan Moody, Dr    416-480-6100 ext 2029      
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Dr. Alan Moody, Dr, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Identifier: NCT01440296     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CAIN-001
Study First Received: September 22, 2011
Last Updated: September 23, 2011

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Carotid Artery Diseases
Arterial Occlusive Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases processed this record on April 28, 2017