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Validation of Thermal Imaging to Detect Pneumonia

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Recruitment Status : Terminated (Research stopped after lab-based data using mouse model did not support use of technology.)
First Posted : August 25, 2017
Last Update Posted : November 13, 2020
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ryan Carroll, Massachusetts General Hospital

Brief Summary:
The investigators are proposing a two-stage, prospective, cohort study of 138 subjects > 28 days old and < 18 years old with respiratory distress, already getting a chest x-ray as part of their routine clinical care, who will get thermal pictures of their chest at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Emergency Department, Pediatric Wards, and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The thermal cameras will measure skin temperature, by taking a picture, in a non-contact way. The investigators will recruit 138 patients using the FLIR ONE thermal imaging camera for iPhone and the newly designed irPNA application. The FLIR ONE thermal imaging camera will be attached to a study-designated iPhone which will only have the ability to take pictures. This phone will not have the capability to make calls or use the internet. The iPhone will be password protected, as encrypted by Partners regulations. Demographic and diagnostic data will be collected from patient charts.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Pneumonia Diagnostic Test: Thermal image

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 22 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Validation of Thermal Imaging to Detect Pneumonia
Actual Study Start Date : April 13, 2016
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 31, 2019
Actual Study Completion Date : June 1, 2020

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Group/Cohort Intervention/treatment
Respiratory distress
Inclusion criteria are 1) subjects 28-days to 17-years of age, 2) who have respiratory distress, and 3) who receive a chest x-ray. We will exclude subjects with known chronic lung disease.
Diagnostic Test: Thermal image
We will take a non-invasive thermal image with the FLIR ONE thermal imaging camera that attaches to a study-designated iPhone.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Presence of pneumonia [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Compare identification of pneumonia in thermal image to x-rays read by study radiologists

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Clinical diagnosis [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Compare identification of pneumonia in thermal image to diagnosis of clinical team

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Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 17 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Subjects evaluated in the emergency department, pediatric wards, or intensive care unit for respiratory distress

Inclusion Criteria:

  • patients 28-days to 17-years of age
  • respiratory distress
  • receive a chest x-ray

Exclusion Criteria:

  • known chronic lung disease

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03261479

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United States, Massachusetts
Ryan MD Carroll
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Sponsors and Collaborators
Massachusetts General Hospital
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Principal Investigator: Ryan Carroll, MD Physician
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Responsible Party: Ryan Carroll, Assistant Pediatrician, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier: NCT03261479    
Other Study ID Numbers: 2016P000864
First Posted: August 25, 2017    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 13, 2020
Last Verified: November 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
Keywords provided by Ryan Carroll, Massachusetts General Hospital:
thermal imaging
respiratory distress
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Respiratory Tract Infections
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases