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PET-MRI in Diagnosing Patients With Cancer, Cardiac Diseases, or Neurologic Diseases

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified September 2016 by Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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First received: March 7, 2014
Last updated: September 28, 2016
Last verified: September 2016
This randomized pilot clinical trial studies how well positron emission tomography (PET)-magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) works compared to standard-of-care PET-computed tomography (CT) in diagnosing patients with cancer, cardiac diseases, or neurologic diseases. PET-MRI combines two imaging methods that can be used to evaluate disease. PET-MRI is similar to standard-of-care PET-CT, but exposes the patient to less radiation. It is not yet known whether PET-MRI produces better image quality than PET-CT in diagnosing patients with cancer, cardiac disease, or neurologic disease.

Condition Intervention
Cardiac Disease
Inflammatory Disease
Fever of Unknown Origin
FDG Avid Cancers
Procedure: positron emission tomography
Procedure: computed tomography
Procedure: magnetic resonance imaging

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: PET-MRI: Evaluation, Optimization and Clinical Implementation

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Further study details as provided by Case Comprehensive Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Overall image quality scores [ Time Frame: Day 1 ]
    Overall image quality scores obtained from the two imaging modalities will be compared with the hypothesis that hybrid PET-MRI images is as good as PET-CT images or superior (not inferior) to the PET-CT images. Evaluation of overall image quality will be assessed using the following criteria: 1=excellent, 2=good, 3=acceptable, 4=poor, 5=not acceptable. A Wilcoxon (Mann-Whitney) rank-sum test with a 0.100 significance level will be used.

  • Lesion based standard uptake values (SUV) [ Time Frame: Day 1 ]
    Lesion based SUV will be estimated and compared for PET-MR and PET-CT images in normal organs and compared. A two-sided two-sample t-test will be used to show significance of difference.

  • Area under the receiver operating characteristic curve [ Time Frame: Day 1 ]
    A two-sided z-test will be used to detect the difference in the area under the curve showing the sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values as well as accuracy of diagnostic information.

  • Time effort associated with the PET-MRI versus PET-CT with MRI [ Time Frame: Day 1 ]
    Statistical difference in time between PET-MRI versus sequential approach for PET-CT plus MRI. Workflow with shortest timely efforts and sufficient diagnostic information will be established as routine procedure.

  • Radiation dose reduction with PET-MRI [ Time Frame: Day 1 ]
    Dose measurements will be used to calculate effective radiation dose in each patient. Dose calculations of effective dose will be used to estimate dose savings in omitting the CT component of PET-CT. Statistical tests will use a 0.10 significance level and will be 2-sided

Estimated Enrollment: 530
Study Start Date: March 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: March 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: PET-CT and PET-MRI
Patients undergo PET-CT over approximately 30 minutes and PET-MRI over approximately 45-90 minutes.
Procedure: positron emission tomography
Undergo PET
Other Names:
  • PET
  • PET scan
  • tomography, emission computed
Procedure: computed tomography
Undergo CT
Other Names:
  • tomography, computed
  • CT
Procedure: magnetic resonance imaging
Undergo MRI
Other Names:
  • MRI
  • NMR imaging
  • NMRI
  • nuclear magnetic resonance imaging

Detailed Description:


I. To assess and optimize image quality of PET and MRI focusing on technical artifacts and their correction.

II. To assess the accuracy of PET quantification based on MR attenuation correction (MRAC) derived from various MRI sequences and reconstruction algorithms including the effect of routinely used Gadolinium-based contrast agents on MRAC.

III. To determine the clinical and diagnostic accuracy of PET-MRI in comparison to standard-of-care diagnostic imaging.

IV. To assess the efficacy and workflow in combining PET and MRI in one single examination as compared to separate imaging studies.

V. To assess the potential for radiation dose reduction if PET-CT is substituted by PET-MRI, thus avoiding the radiation exposure from the CT-component.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Clinically indicated PET/PET-CT (with or without clinically indicated diagnostic MRI)
  • Presenting with one of the four conditions specified below

    • Fludeoxyglucose F 18 (FDG) avid cancers
    • Cardiac disease (cardiac viability assessment)
    • Neurologic disorders (dementia)
    • Inflammatory disease (for example fever of unknown origin, vasculitis, osteomyelitis)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnancy and lactation
  • Contraindications to undergo MRI
  • Cardiac pacemaker and metal devices (as specified in a separate MRI Informed consent)
  • Claustrophobia or inability to tolerate MRI examination (lay still for approximately 1 hour and hold breath intermittently)
  • Previously known allergies against MRI contrast agents (exclusion criterion only for contrast enhanced MRI)
  • Renal insufficiency: glomerular filtration rate (GFR) < 40ml/min/1.73 and following European Society of Urogenital Radiology (ESUR) guidelines (exclusion criterion only for contrast enhanced MRI)
  • Individuals who are not willing or capable of giving informed consent or assent (with legal guardian consent)
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT02084147

United States, Ohio
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Seidman Cancer Center, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Recruiting
Cleveland, Ohio, United States, 44106-5065
Contact: Pablo Ros, MD, MPH, PhD    216-983-4829   
Principal Investigator: Pablo Ros         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Pablo Ros Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Identifier: NCT02084147     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CASE16Z12
NCI-2014-00376 ( Registry Identifier: CTRP (Clinical Trial Reporting Program) )
CASE16Z12 ( Other Identifier: Case Comprehensive Cancer Center )
P30CA043703 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: March 7, 2014
Last Updated: September 28, 2016

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Heart Diseases
Fever of Unknown Origin
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurocognitive Disorders
Mental Disorders
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Bone Diseases, Infectious
Bone Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Body Temperature Changes
Signs and Symptoms processed this record on March 29, 2017