Volunteers Needed to Build a High Resolution MRI Database of Fetal Brain Development

Volunteers Needed to Build a High Resolution MRI Database of Fetal Brain Development

The purpose of the study is to find out more about the pattern of fetal brain growth, so we can develop ways of better evaluating abnormal brain development and function. Almost all pregnancies are assessed by ultrasound. If abnormalities are detected, fetal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can provide additional information about the internal brain structures that cannot be seen using ultrasound. To complete a database we need to acquire standardized images of different baby brains at different times during pregnancy.

Currently, MRI is limited to two-dimensional imaging because of the motion of your baby during imaging. We have developed techniques here at UW that correct for motion of the baby’s head and allow many fast scans of parts of the head to be combined to form a single high quality three-dimensional image of the whole brain, rather like a panoramic image from a digital camera. These new types of images allow us to study the fetal brain with higher definition and to acquire images reliably even when the baby is moving. Unlike ultrasound, these images allow us to map the whole brain shape, the properties of different brain tissues, connections forming in the brain and even activity in the brain. We will provide you with a CD of your baby’s images, as well as validating parking, and a $50 thank you gift card.

Project includes a study-paid Bayley III Scales assessment with a child psychologist at UW’s Center on Human Development & Disability. This optional “phase II” to the study would be when your infant is between 19-21 months of age.

Participant Eligibility

18-45 years of age, 18-36 gestational weeks in pregnancy

Contact

Jason Caucutt
(206) 616-3175

Additional Study Details

Full Study Title
Volunteers Needed to Build a High Resolution MRI Database of Fetal Brain Development

Study ID: 45024
Start Date: 05/29/2013
End Date: 05/22/2018

Investigator(s)
Colin Studholme

Accepts Healthy Volunteers?
Yes

Study Site(s)

University of Washington Medical Center

1959 NE Pacific St
Seattle, WA 98195

Interested?

Use the link below to send a message to the study coordinator, or call the number above to speak directly with a study representative.

I am interested in this research study.



Interested?

Use the link below to send a message to the study coordinator, or call the number above to speak directly with a study representative.

I am interested in this research study.

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