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Assessing Spinal Cord Structure Changes Using Diffusion Tensor Imaging in Patients With Incomplete Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

The purpose of this study is to use a special MRI technology to assess changes in nerve fibers of the spinal cord in acute incomplete spinal cord injury patients (SCI patients who still have some ability to move their limbs) and in healthy control subjects.

Duration

This study will take 6 months to complete. There will be 5 testing sessions during the six months that will last approximately 2 hours each.

Inclusion Criteria

For individuals with SCI:

  • 18-75 years of age.
  • Medically stable at time of enrollment.
  • Have an incomplete SCI (e.g. AIS grade B, C, or D).
  • Be able to give informed consent. 
  • Be able to tolerate being in the MRI scanner for approximately 45 minutes. 
  • Be undergoing rehabilitation for your SCI. 

For individuals who are able-bodied:

  • 18-75 years of age. 
  • Be able to give informed consent.
  • Be able to tolerate being in the MRI scanner for approximately 45 minutes. 
  • Not pregnant.
Compensation

$50 for each visit completed

Research Categories
Spinal Cord Injury
Healthy Volunteers
Actively Recruiting
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