Pilot Study of dMRI as a Tool for Early Evaluation of Tumor Response in Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.

First Received on March 24, 2008.  
Last Updated on July 24, 2012  
History of Changes
This Clinical Trial Sponsored By: University of Michigan Cancer Center
Information provided by (Responsible Party): University of Michigan Cancer Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00645359

Purpose for Clinical Trial

This research study is designed to test whether the results of a diffusion MRI scan performed after one cycle of chemotherapy for lymphoma can accurately predict the outcome of treatment for individual patients.

Condition Study Intervention
Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma Procedure: diffusion MRI

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Pilot Study of Diffusion MRI as a Tool for Early Evaluation of Tumor Response in Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma

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MRI Scans

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Further study details as provided by University of Michigan Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures For Clinical Trial:

  • To assess whether changes in the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) during the early phase of chemotherapy are detectable in lymphoma [ Time Frame: 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • To correlate the changes on MR images with the tumor response after completion of chemotherapy and duration of response. Tumor response will be determined by the clinical evaluation, tumor dimensions, and metabolic response as assessed by FDG-PET. [ Time Frame: 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: November 2006
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Study Intervention Details:

    Procedure: diffusion MRI

    Diffusion MRI involves using MRI scanning to measure water transport at the cellular level. In this study, dMRI is being used to measure the response of tumors to chemotherapy.
    Other Name: dMRI, diffusion MRI, diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Detailed Description:

Different types of functional imaging are under investigation as a tool to predict response to treatment, as imaging soon after starting therapy might be able to better define the likelihood of response. Functional imaging refers to scans that measure characteristics other than size and shape (anatomic imaging), as measured by CT scans. We are interested in evaluating the potential value of diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging (dMRI), which in some settings can be used very early in treatment in predicting patients’ response to treatment.

Diffusion MRI (dMRI) detects changes in cell structure, and has the potential to detect and measure cell changes that occur in response to treatment. Several groups are investigating the use of dMRI to monitor treatment responses. This strategy has been most frequently explored in humans in patients with brain tumors, where dMRI has been demonstrated to predict response to treatment early after starting treatment. A few studies have looked at response in other cancers. These studies showed early changes in patients who later responded to treatment, with changes seen within one to 2 weeks.

Although diffusion MRI has been shown to be useful in several cancer types, it has not been explored in the evaluation of lymphoma. This pilot study will evaluate the imaging characteristics of DLBCL by dMRI prior to treatment and 7 days after initial chemotherapy in order to explore whether dMRI is useful in evaluating the response of lymphoma to chemotherapy.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Patients with lymphoma of any stage or subtype (including all Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas), previously untreated or in relapse, who are starting on a new line of therapy with intent to induce a remission.


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with a new diagnosis of CD20+ diffuse large B cell lymphoma (LBCL) of any stage, including subtypes mediastinal large B cell, centroblastic, immunoblastic, T cell rich B cell and anaplastic B cell lymphoma, who will receive standard R/CHOP as first line chemotherapy will be included.
  • Patients must be age 18 or older.
  • No selection will be made on the basis of gender, race or ethnicity.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients will be excluded if the diagnosis of diffuse large B cell lymphoma cannot be confirmed.
  • Patients receiving treatment other than R/CHOP or R/CHOP followed by radiotherapy or who have previously been treated for DLBCL will be excluded. – Patients with HIV infection will also be excluded. No selection will be made based on other medical problems or laboratory values, except as they affect the patient’s eligibility to receive standard R/CHOP chemotherapy as determined by the treating physician.
  • Patients who have magnetic metal implants or fragments in their body that are incompatible with MRI will be excluded.
  Contacts and Locations

Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00645359

United States, Michigan
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, 48109
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Michigan Cancer Center
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: University of Michigan Cancer Center
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00645359    
History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: UMCC 2006.063, HUM 6946
Study First Received: March 24, 2008
Last Updated: July 24, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by University of Michigan Cancer Center:

diffusion MRI
Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:

Lymphoma, B-Cell
Lymphoma, Large B-Cell, Diffuse
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on August 21, 2012

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