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Applications of Realtime Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI )

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: NCT01111617
Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : April 27, 2010
Last Update Posted : October 7, 2019
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Sean Mackey, Stanford University

Brief Summary:
The goal of this research program is to determine the potential effectiveness of real-time fMRI training in improving mental control over pain.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Pain Procedure: Real-time fMRI feedback Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
A research study that looks at pain and how you experience pain. This research project aims to use virtual reality-based real-time functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (rtfMRI) to assess brain activation during the experience of pain and while subjects attempt to mentally control their pain response.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 400 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Applications of Realtime fMRI Phase II
Study Start Date : January 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 2020
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2020

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Real-Time fMRI
Real-Time fMRI
Procedure: Real-time fMRI feedback
Patients receive real-time fMRI biofeedback to modulate pain

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Pain reduction as measured by visual analog scale (VAS) pain report [ Time Frame: Within the 2 hour feedback session ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Control of brain activity as measured by fMRI analysis [ Time Frame: Within the 2 hour feedback session ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 18-65
  • Chronic Pain patient or healthy control
  • Ability to perform the experimental task

Exclusion Criteria:

  • MRI contraindication (metal implants, claustrophobia, pregnant or planning to become pregnant)
  • History of psychiatric disorder (at the discretion of the investigator as to whether it interferes with the experimental task)
  • History of Blistering

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01111617

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United States, California
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, California, United States, 94305
Sponsors and Collaborators
Stanford University
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Principal Investigator: Sean Mackey Stanford University

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Responsible Party: Sean Mackey, Assistant Professor, Stanford University Identifier: NCT01111617     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SU-11062007-809
First Posted: April 27, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 7, 2019
Last Verified: October 2019