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Diffusion Tensor Imaging to Assess the Functional Outcomes of Adults With Cervical Spinal Cord Injuries

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified February 2014 by Wilson Z. Ray, Washington University School of Medicine
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Wilson Z. Ray, Washington University School of Medicine Identifier:
First received: October 17, 2012
Last updated: February 3, 2014
Last verified: February 2014
Acute changes in axial diffusivity will correlate with the severity of injury in patients that suffer an acute spinal cord injury.

Cervical Spinal Cord Injury

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Diffusion Tensor MRI to Assess Subacute Functional Outcomes in Patients With Acute Cervical Spinal Cord Injuries

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Further study details as provided by Wilson Z. Ray, Washington University School of Medicine:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in AISA score [ Time Frame: 24 months ]
    Patients will be followed for the duration of their hospital stay with clinical follow-up out to 2 years. ASIA scores will be correlated with admission DTI findings(Axial Diffusivity).

Estimated Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: January 2014
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: January 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Cervical spinal cord injury
Those patients with an acute cervical spinal cord injury evaluated with DTI MRI

Detailed Description:

Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) parameters will correlate with severity of spinal cord injury in SCI patients as seen in rodent models. We will test whether the quantitative decrease in axial (λ║) diffusivity (a biomarker of axonal injury), will predict long-term functional outcomes for patients with a SCI.

Specific Aim: To examine patients after an acute SCI using DTI and to correlate the extent of acute decrease in λ║ with the presenting ASIA motor score and long-term functional outcome of the patient.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients with a traumatic cervical spinal cord injury

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18-65 years of age
  • Cervical spinal cord injury
  • physically and mentally willing to comply with imaging
  • lives in immediate area with no plans to relocate

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Associated moderate to severe head injury
  • Active malignancy
  • Previous spinal cord injury
  • pregnancy
  • inability to tolerate MRI scanning
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01712698

Contact: Jeanine Wade, RT 314-362-2940
Contact: Rory Murphy, MD 314-294-1654

United States, Missouri
Washington University, School of Medicine Recruiting
St. Louis, Missouri, United States, 63110
Contact: Jeanine Wade, RT    314-362-2940   
Contact: Rory Murphy, MD    314-294-1654   
Principal Investigator: Wilson Ray, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Sheng-Kwei Song, PhD         
Sub-Investigator: Rory Murphy, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Washington University School of Medicine
  More Information

Responsible Party: Wilson Z. Ray, Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery, Washington University School of Medicine Identifier: NCT01712698     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: DTI
Washington University ( Other Identifier: Washington University, St. Louis )
Study First Received: October 17, 2012
Last Updated: February 3, 2014

Keywords provided by Wilson Z. Ray, Washington University School of Medicine:
spinal cord injury
cervical spine

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Wounds and Injuries
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal Cord Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Trauma, Nervous System processed this record on May 25, 2017