Hip Cartilage Wear Pattern Imaging Database

MRI with Gadolinium Contrast for Cartilage Imaging in Healthy Control Subjects

Protocol Description

This UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh study uses medical imaging techniques to create a database that will help physician researchers to better understand hip joint cartilage wear patterns among people with healthy hips. Hip joint cartilage allows for smooth movement of the leg and acts as a shock absorber. With an injury or normal aging, the cartilage can get worn down causing the hip joint to click or grind and result in pain during normal daily activities. The study uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) using gadolinium contrast dye to enhance the imaging.

Eligibility Criteria

This study is accepting participants, ages 18 to 40, who previously participated in the Healthy Hip Study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Biodynamics Laboratory or are one of the primary investigator’s patients with a healthy hip.
Males and Females: Ages 18 to 40


Prior to participants receiving their 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: 1
Duration: Not applicable

Status: Enrolling by Invitation

Source(s) of Support

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Scientific Program

Additional Information

Orthopaedic Surgery Research

Primary Investigator

Michael McClincy, MD

Contact Information

For more information about the study or enrollment, please contact:
Clinical Research Coordinator Jennifer Oakley, MPH