Information and Screening Form
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
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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org , or by
phone at 613-533-3245.
|A volunteer is being prepared for
a brain fMRI study.