Information and Screening Form
FMS Study

This is a study for women aged 18-50 who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, or who do not have fibromyalgia, for comparison. Participants must not have any history of brain injury, eye injury involving metal objects, or any non-removable jewelry. It is important that we conduct this study in the last part of the menstrual cycle (2 weeks before your period). For this study we will ask the participants to rate their pain to a thermal (heat pain) stimulus. It is important to note that the heat pain will not be intolerable and will be adjusted to each person's sensitivity. This study involves 3 visits to Queen's University. During the first visit (~1.5 hours) we will have each participant fill in several questionnaires about anxiety and depression. We will also teach them how to rate their pain, test their pain threshold, find their level of sensitivity, and have them practice rating what they feel in response to heat applied to their hand. In a second and third visit the volunteer will again experience heat applied to their hand while we take images of their brain and spinal cord repeatedly over time in the MRI (~1.5 hours each).

Detailed Information Package
Please review this before you decide whether or not you want to volunteer for a study

Information Video

Screening Form for Participation in the FMS study
You will be contacted by our study coordinator after completing the form, with more information, some additional questionnaires, and to schedule a study time.

The MRI scanning procedure is very much like other medical imaging used in hospitals, but you will not be exposed to x-rays. This MRI machine uses strong magnet and radio waves to make images of the interior of your body. You will not feel either. The MRI being used in this study is a 3 Tesla MRI that is twice that used for most clinical imaging, although 3 tesla systems are becoming more common in hospitals. The levels of magnetism and radio waves used in the MRI have not been shown to cause harmful effects. However, the MR scanner uses a very strong magnet that will attract metal. Therefore ALL metallic objects must be removed from your person before you approach the scanner.  For this study the exception is implanted metal rods, plates, screws, etc, that are used to stablize the spine, and these are safe for MR imaging.  If you have a cardiac pacemaker or a metallic clip in your body (e.g., an aneurysm clip in your brain or an I.U.D.) you should not participate in any MRI study. In addition, credit cards and other cards with magnetic strips should also be removed as these will be damaged.

Due to the very high magnetic field you should not be a subject in any MRI experiment if you: (any of the following)

  • have a history of head or eye injury involving metal fragments
  • have ever worked in a metal shop
  • have some type of implanted electrical device (such as a cardiac pacemaker or neurostimulator)
  • have implanted metal objects as a result of surgery such as artificial joints, aneurysm clips, metal staples (most spine fixation devices are MRI compatible, and will be checked on a case-by-case basis)
  • have severe heart disease (including susceptibility to arrhythmias) or any other serious illness
  • have non-removable jewelry (body piercing)
  • are, or may be, pregnant

If you have any questions contact Dr Patrick Stroman by e-mail at stromanp@queensu.ca , or by phone at 613-533-3245. 

A volunteer is being prepared for a brain fMRI study. subject preparation