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Innovative Ultrasound Technology in Neuromuscular Disease (AQUIRe)

This study is currently recruiting participants.
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Verified March 2017 by Seward Rutkove, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
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Seward Rutkove, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Identifier:
First received: March 31, 2014
Last updated: March 11, 2017
Last verified: March 2017
This study is utilizing ultrasound measurement to measure neuromuscular disease status in adult patients. The hypothesis is the by quantifying ultrasound data, it is possible that ultrasound can be utilized as a tool to determine if a disease is responding to therapy or progressing.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Muscular Dystrophy Radiculopathy Myopathy Polyneuropathy and Mononeuropathies

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Control
Time Perspective: Prospective

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Further study details as provided by Seward Rutkove, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Quantitative ultrasound data, including quantified grayscale data and backscattered acoustic data [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Ultrasound data will be collected on multiple muscles in each person. The images will then be quantified using either 1. A grayscale technique in which the images themselves are analyzed via standard image software (e.g., Adobe Photoshop) as to level of echo intensity in a pre-specific region of interest or 2. the raw quantified backscatter data is captured by the transducer, expressed as a unit of power, in the same pre-specified area of interest

Estimated Enrollment: 240
Study Start Date: December 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date: July 2019
Estimated Primary Completion Date: July 2018 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Neuromuscular Disease Patients
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients, myopathy patients, muscular dystrophy patients, myasthenia gravis patients, radiculopathy patients, mononeuropathy patients
Healthy volunteers


Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients with any neuromuscular disorder (i.e. primary nerve or muscle disease), both localized and generalized, producing some degree of weakness or disability.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • History of a well-defined, localized or generalized neuromuscular condition producing weakness or muscle atrophy, including disuse atrophy.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Multiple generalized neuromuscular conditions.
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT02104921

Contact: Carmen Shin 617-667-3053
Contact: Maria Martucci 617-667-3053

United States, Massachusetts
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Recruiting
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02215
Contact: Maria Martucci    617-667-3015   
Principal Investigator: Seward B Rutkove, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Courtney McIlduff, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
  More Information

Responsible Party: Seward Rutkove, Professor of Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Identifier: NCT02104921     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2012P000364
2K24NS060951 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: March 31, 2014
Last Updated: March 11, 2017

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Motor Neuron Disease
Central Nervous System Diseases
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Muscular Dystrophies
Neuromuscular Diseases
Neurodegenerative Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Spinal Cord Diseases
TDP-43 Proteinopathies
Proteostasis Deficiencies
Metabolic Diseases
Muscular Disorders, Atrophic
Muscular Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Genetic Diseases, Inborn
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases processed this record on July 19, 2017