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MRI-Guided Cryoablation to Alleviate Pain in Head, Neck and Spine

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01788410
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified January 2020 by Thomas C. Lee, Brigham and Women's Hospital.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : February 11, 2013
Last Update Posted : January 14, 2020
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Thomas C. Lee, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Brief Summary:
The objective of this study is to provide pain relief to patients with facet joint disease or head and neck pain related to compression of a nerve root. The goal is to provide palliative care with superior efficacy and longer relief compared to current methods.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Facet Joints; Degeneration Neuropathy Neuralgia Procedure: Cryoablation under image guidance Device: MRI Seednet Cryotherapy System (Galil Medical)

Detailed Description:

Nerve ablation is used therapeutically to produce temporary anesthesia and diagnostically to locate the source of pain. Ablation, or purposeful destruction of tissue, relieves facet joint pain and pain related to nerve damage by disabling pain-transmitting nerves. Cryoablation for pain management is particularly useful when other modalities are too difficult to perform or have a high incidence for complications or side effects.

Currently nerve ablation is performed with bupivacaine and alcohol, but MRI-guided cryoablation of nerves and facets may result in superior efficacy and longer relief. Cryotherapy techniques provide long term analgesia and help alleviate intractable pain for patients with facet joint pain and neuralgia.

Minimally invasive Magnetic Resonance (MR)-guided ablation of nerves and facets may lead to decreased procedure time and increased relief of pain due to cancer or nerve degeneration. With the advent of the Advanced Multimodality Image Guided Operating Suite (AMIGO) at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, we have exceptional capabilities for minimally invasive image-guided procedures, including different ablation techniques. The AMIGO suite is equipped with hardware that will keep the patient stationary while the Magnetic Resonance Imaging scanner moves to the patient. Additionally, the monitoring software within the AMIGO suite allows clinicians to instantaneously analyze the imaging information which significantly reduces the risk of injury to adjacent structures.

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Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 50 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: MRI-Guided Cryoablation of Head, Neck and Spine Nerves and Facets Using the Advanced Multimodality Image Guided Operating(AMIGO) Suite
Study Start Date : May 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date : May 2020
Estimated Study Completion Date : May 2020

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Joint Disorders

Group/Cohort Intervention/treatment
Cryoablation under image guidance
Patients with facet joint disease, or compressed or damaged nerve roots causing pain in the head, neck or spine. Procedures performed with MRI Seednet Cryotherapy System (Galil Medical).
Procedure: Cryoablation under image guidance
Observing efficacy of cryoablation to nerves and facet joints for the treatment of radicular pain and pain resulting from facet joint disease.
Other Names:
  • MRI Seed Net Cryotherapy Unit (Galil Medical)
  • Siemens IMRIS

Device: MRI Seednet Cryotherapy System (Galil Medical)
Observing efficacy of cryoablation to nerves and facet joints for the treatment of radicular pain and pain resulting from facet joint disease.
Other Names:
  • FDA Approved
  • Cryoablation under image guidance

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Eliminating radicular pain or pain caused by spinal disease. [ Time Frame: 1 month ]
    We will be grading patients pain using the "Brief Pain Inventory" pre-ablation and 1 month post-ablation.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Long term radicular pain relief [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    We are attempting to produce long-term pain relief through cryoablation.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Potential subjects must be 18 years of age and will be selected among patients who have a pain related to facet joint disease, nerve degeneration or compression. Subjects must benefit from a minimally invasive treatment option.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Participants must be willing and able to sign a written informed consent document.
  • Patients must have facet joint disease or pain due to a damaged or compressed nerve that would benefit from a minimally invasive image-guided procedure (i.e., adjacent to critical structures, better visualized under 3 Tesla MRI than CT)
  • Subjects must be able to adhere to the visit schedules and attend pre and post imaging.
  • Participants must be at least 18 years of age
  • Participants must have an estimated life expectancy of >8 weeks in the opinion of the clinician.

    • Patients with radiculopathy must have the cause of pain confirmed by a nerve block within 3 months prior to ablation

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Contraindications to MRI and Gadolinium- (i.e. estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate <60ml/min, metal clips)
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding woman are excluded from this research.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01788410

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Contact: Thomas Lee, MD (617) 732-7260
Contact: Danielle Chamberlain, BS, RT(R) 617-525-8596

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United States, Massachusetts
Brigham and Women's Hospital Recruiting
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115
Contact: Thomas Lee, M.D.    617-732-7260   
Contact: Danielle Chamberlain, B.S, R.T.(R)    617-525-8596   
Principal Investigator: Thomas C. Lee, M.D         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Brigham and Women's Hospital
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Principal Investigator: Thomas C Lee, MD Brigham and Women's Hospital
Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: Thomas C. Lee, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital Identifier: NCT01788410    
Other Study ID Numbers: 2012-P-002071
First Posted: February 11, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 14, 2020
Last Verified: January 2020
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: Undecided
Keywords provided by Thomas C. Lee, Brigham and Women's Hospital:
Facet joint
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurologic Manifestations