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ThermRheum Version 1 (ThermRheum)

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: NCT04228458
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 14, 2020
Last Update Posted : January 14, 2020
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust

Brief Summary:

Childhood arthritis is a diagnosis made by clinicians based upon their clinical examination, during which patients are assessed for signs of swelling, warmth and restricted movement of the joints using the sensation of touch. Clinicians use investigations such as blood tests and scans which may be costly, associated with waiting times, can cause the patient stress or anxiety. Patients with childhood arthritis can often present with flares of their condition even when on medical treatment, which may require further investigations to determine the nature of the problem. Studies in adult Rheumatology have demonstrated that a thermal imaging camera (which detects heat given off by the body) can be useful in assessing for signs of inflammation in arthritis. The use of this camera could provide an alternative to the tests described; it does not require any contact with the patient, is quick and easy to use, and does not emit any radiation. The investigators hope that this pilot study will demonstrate that thermal imaging can be used to complement the standardised assessments of joint inflammation as done routinely in clinic and may lead to further work comparing thermal imaging with other tests such as MRI scanning and ultra-sound.

The investigators will recruit 20-50 children with arthritis affecting either knee or ankle joints. The investigators will use a highly sensitive thermal imaging camera to take pictures and short video recordings of each ankle and knee joint, recording skin temperature and colour. The investigators will compare this with the clinicians' assessment of whether the knee and ankle joints are inflamed or not. The investigators are interested in finding out whether the information recorded using the camera mirrors the assessment made by the clinician.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Arthritis Device: Thermal Imaging Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 20 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: Does Thermal Imaging Correlate With Musculoskeletal Examination in the Identification of Inflamed Joints in Children and Young People With Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis? A Prospective Diagnostic Accuracy Study
Actual Study Start Date : September 9, 2016
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 25, 2018
Actual Study Completion Date : June 25, 2018

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Thermal Imaging
Thermal Imaging acquisition
Device: Thermal Imaging
Testing the effectiveness of using a Thermal Imaging camera in participants with Juvenile Arthritis.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Correlation between Thermal Imaging and changes in skin temperature [ Time Frame: 30 minutes ]
    Correlation between Thermal Imaging and changes in skin temperature

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Ages Eligible for Study:   4 Years to 16 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

Diagnosis of:

  • Poly-articular JIA
  • Oligo-articular JIA
  • Psoriatic JIA
  • Enthesitis-related JIA

Exclusion Criteria:

CYP below 4 years of age (pGALS is validated for school-age children and patients will be required to remain still during TI process)

Ongoing active/chronic infection requiring hospitalisation or treatment with intravenous antibiotics within 30 days of recruitment, or oral antibiotics within 14 days of recruitment

History of active tuberculosis of less than 6 months treatment or untreated latent tuberculosis

Soft tissue infection, injury or fracture of the affected joint which could confound the TI signature

Presence of any inflammatory skin condition (including, but not limited to Eczema and Psoriasis) which may be in close proximity to or overlying the joint

Presence of any other diagnosis which could cause arthritis including systemic-JIA (associated systemic inflammation may affect skin temperature independently of arthritis) or undifferentiated-JIA (excluded to ensure homogeneity of the sample investigated)

Non-English speaking patients and/or parent(s)/guardian(s)

Non-consenting CYP, or parent(s)/guardian(s)

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT04228458

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United Kingdom
Sheffield Childrens NHS Foundation Trust
Sheffield, United Kingdom, S10 2TH
Sponsors and Collaborators
Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust
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Responsible Party: Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust Identifier: NCT04228458    
Other Study ID Numbers: SCH-13-067d
First Posted: January 14, 2020    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 14, 2020
Last Verified: January 2020
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases