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Diffusion MRI and Growth Plate Injuries: Pilot Study

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified June 2016 by University of British Columbia.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : January 24, 2013
Last Update Posted : June 13, 2016
Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
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University of British Columbia

Brief Summary:
Children who suffer fractures to the growth plates (physes) of their bones are at risk for premature growth arrest which can lead to long term complications. There is currently no technique to predict who is at risk of growth arrest following a physeal injury. The investigators aim to determine if diffusion MRI (an imaging method to analyze tissue properties) can effectively pick up differences between a healthy growth plate and an injured one. This would allow orthopaedics surgeons to predict which injuries are at a higher risk of growth arrest, so earlier interventions can be done in the orthopaedic clinic.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Fracture Other: Diffusion MRI

Detailed Description:
The purpose of this study is to determine if diffusion MRI can be used for tissue characterization in childhood and adolescent growth plate injuries, and to get a better understanding of the physiologic disturbance of an injured physis

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Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 10 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Diffusion MRI as a Prognostic Tool in Growth Plate Injuries: A Pilot Study to Assess Feasibility
Study Start Date : November 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date : February 2017
Estimated Study Completion Date : February 2017

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MedlinePlus related topics: Fractures

Group/Cohort Intervention/treatment
Physeal Injury - Distal Radius
Patients who suffer a physeal fracture of the distal radius will be scanned and compared to their healthy contralateral limb.
Other: Diffusion MRI
Each subject will undergo one diffusion MRI scan to identify characteristics of their physes

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Tissue characterization of growth plate using diffusion MRI [ Time Frame: 4-6 weeks following injury ]
    Diffusion MRI scan of injured and contralateral (control) physis.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   8 Years to 12 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Study subjects will be selected from the Orthopaedic Trauma Clinic at BC Children's Hospital

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Salter-Harris Type II, III, or IV fracture through the distal radius
  • Growth plates are open
  • Ages 8-12
  • Able to consent in English

Exclusion Criteria:

  • All fractures not sustained to distal radius
  • SH Type I or V fracture
  • Injury to contralateral limb
  • Previous injury to distal radius
  • Diseases known to alter bone healing or growth]
  • Contraindications to undergoing an MRI scan

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01774539

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Contact: Sameer Desai 604-875-2359

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Canada, British Columbia
British Columbia Children's Hospital Recruiting
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6H 3V4
Contact: Sameer Desai    604-875-2359   
Principal Investigator: Firoz Miyanji, MD, FRCSC         
Sub-Investigator: Kishore Mulpuri, MBBS, MS, MHSc         
Sub-Investigator: Chris Reilly, MD, FRCSC         
Sub-Investigator: Ken Poskitt, MDCM         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of British Columbia
Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
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Principal Investigator: Firoz Miyanji, MD, FRCSC University of British Columbia

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Responsible Party: University of British Columbia Identifier: NCT01774539     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: H12-03016
First Posted: January 24, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 13, 2016
Last Verified: June 2016

Keywords provided by University of British Columbia:
Physeal injury
Diffusion MRI

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Salter-Harris Fractures
Fracture Dislocation
Joint Dislocations
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Wounds and Injuries
Fractures, Bone