Hip Cartilage Repair Imaging Study – Pilot

MRI with Gadolinium Contrast for Cartilage Imaging in Hip Preservation

Protocol Description

This study, which is original to UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, is being done to see if magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the hip can be significantly enhanced using gadolinium contrast dye prior to surgery. Gadolinium is used in routine clinical care for other types of imaging, and researchers anticipate that by using a gadolinium-enhanced MRI sequence, they may improve evaluation of hip joint cartilage pre-operatively.

Study Level: Pilot

Eligibility Criteria

This study is accepting participants, ages 18 to 40, who are being treated at UPMC Children’s Hospital for their symptomatic hip pain.
Males and Females: Ages 18 to 40


Prior to participants receiving their pre-operative MRI scan, they will receive an injection of gadolinium contrast dye via intravenous catheter, which will be followed by 30 minutes of walking to allow the dye to diffuse throughout the hip cartilage. Then the MRI will be administered.
Visits: None beyond what is required for the standard of care.
Duration: Not applicable

Status: Open to Enrollment

Source(s) of Support

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Scientific Program

Primary Investigator

Michael McClincy, MD

Contact Information

For more information about the study or enrollment, please contact:
Clinical Research Coordinator Natalie Novak, BS