In Vivo Hip Fracture Discrimination With Quantitative Computed Tomography (QCT) (FEMFRACT)
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01035177|
Recruitment Status : Terminated (Difficulties of recruitment, lack of elligible patients)
First Posted : December 18, 2009
Last Update Posted : December 18, 2009
Numerous geometric and bone mineral density (BMD) parameters can be derived from quantitative computed tomography (QCT) images of the proximal femur analyzed using dedicated software. The primary objective is to evaluate the contribution of QCT-image analysis to the prediction of the osteoporotic hip fracture risk, as compared to the reference standard, namely, dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA).
Study hypothesis: For predicting osteoporotic hip fracture, findings from QCT images of the proximal femur analyzed using dedicated software are superior over DXA measurements of proximal femoral BMD.
|Condition or disease|
|Osteoporosis Proximal Femur Fracture|
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Background Osteoporotic hip fractures exact an immense human and economic toll and therefore constitute a major public health problem. Because their incidence increases exponentially with age in both men and women, they will impose an increasing burden in the near future as the population continues to age throughout the world. In addition to the direct costs of fractures (hospitalisation and rehabilitation), the subsequent risks of death, functional impairment, dependency, and institutionalization are increased as compared to same-age individuals without fractures. Low BMD is the main risk factor for hip fracture and is generally measured using DXA, which is the reference standard.
Objectives Our research project aims to identify QCT factors that predict osteoporotic hip fracture. To this end, we will use image analysis software specially designed for proximal femur evaluation to assess 3D QCT images of the proximal femur. Femoral BMD and geometry parameters will be studied. This method has been validated experimentally. Our working hypothesis is that it will prove superior over DXA (the reference standard) in predicting osteoporotic Phip fractures.
The QCT-image analysis method investigated in our study is original, as there are no commercially available tools for measuring proximal femur BMD on QCT images. This original method grew out of 6 years of work conducted jointly at the Medical Physics Institute of the Erlangen University and the Experimental Radiology Laboratory of the LARIBOISIERE-St-Louis Research and Training Unit. Advantages of our method include 3D evaluation of the hip (with measurement of the true volumetric density), evaluation of both BMD and bone geometry, and separate evaluations of cortical and trabecular bone. DXA produces 2D images of the hip, spine, or wrist that neither provide geometric data (except projected neck length) nor allow separate analysis of cortical and trabecular bone.
We will use a case-control design to investigate postmenopausal patients with hip fracture and female age-matched controls without hip fracture.
This research project focusing on age-related bone changes is part of a multidisciplinary effort conducted by rheumatologists, radiologists, gerontologists, and orthopaedic surgeons. It will provide new information for understanding fracture pathogenesis and optimising prevention strategies in high-risk populations.
Study design We will compare geometric and BMD parameters at the proximal femur in women with PFF and in age-matched women without PFF. This is a multicenter case-control study with direct individual benefit. A diagnostic benefit exists for both the cases and the controls, who will undergo a thorough physical evaluation including routine screening for factors suggesting secondary osteoporosis, BMD measurements, and identification of risk factors for fractures (e.g., impaired balance) to allow planning of appropriate primary prevention (controls) or secondary prevention (cases). The therapeutic benefit will lie in advice regarding diet and lifestyle, calcium and vitamin D supplementation, and bisphosphonate therapy, as indicated by bone mass measurement results.
Recruitment procedure (see eligibility below)
Patients with PFF
Patients with PFF will be recruited at four centres:
- the orthopaedic surgery department of the LARIBOISIERE Teaching Hospital (Prof L. SEDEL and Prof. R. NIZARD)
- the gerontology department at the Sainte-Périne hospital (Dr Roger)
- the orthopaedic surgery department of the St-ANTOINE Teaching Hospital (Prof Alain SAUTET)
- the orthopaedic surgery department of the PANTIN Center (Dr Pascal BIZOT)
- Controls The controls will be recruited at the same four centres, either among patients referred for the diagnosis and prevention of age-related bone loss or among patients admitted for reasons other than hip fracture.
Procedures, investigations, and sample collection
- Clinical data Age, height, weight, personal and familial medical history, smoking status, corticosteroids, treatment
- Laboratory tests We will assay serum vitamin D levels, which are often low in women older than 65 years. All vitamin D assays for the study will be done in the same run (laboratory headed by Prof. Launay, LARIBOISIERE Teaching Hospital).
- Bone mineral density (DXA) BMD will be measured suing a LUNAR DPX-L machine (Madison, USA). BMD measurement by DXA is the reference standard for the diagnosis of osteoporosis or osteopenia. BMD will be measured at the lumbar spine (L1 to L4) and proximal femur.
- Quantitative computed tomography QCT allows for separate measurements in cortical and trabecular bone. Cortical bone will be evaluated at the proximal femur, and both BMD and geometry will be measured. In addition to parameters characterizing cortical bone, we will measure cancellous bone BMD and geometry. The methodology and the study parameters will vary according to the measurement site. When designing the investigation protocols, we sought the best trade-off between minimum radiation exposure and maximum image quality .
|Study Type :||Observational|
|Actual Enrollment :||107 participants|
|Observational Model:||Case Control|
|Official Title:||In Vivo Discrimination of Hip Fracture With Quantitative Computed Tomography|
|Study Start Date :||February 2005|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||March 2008|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||March 2009|
Women without hip fracture, matched on age to the cases
Female patients aged 60 and older with hip fracture
- The primary objective is to evaluate the contribution of QCT-image analysis to the prediction of the osteoporotic PFF risk, as compared to the reference standard, namely, DXA. [ Time Frame: 1 month ]
- To compare the value of BMD parameters and geometric parameters in predicting osteoporotic PFFs [ Time Frame: 1 month ]
- To compare the roles for cortical bone and trabecular bone in predicting osteoporotic PFFs [ Time Frame: 1 month ]
- To look for differences between cervical and trochanteric hip fractures [ Time Frame: 1 month ]
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01035177
|Hôpital Lariboisière - APHP|
|Paris, France, 75010|
|Principal Investigator:||Valérie BOUSSON, PH||Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris|