Examining Brain Systems in Normal and Overactive Bladder Using Diffusing Tensor Imaging
Clinical Trial Seeking Participants
IRB 6005 (PI: W. Rahel Nardos, MD)
The Women’s Health Research Unit is conducting a study looking at how the brain controls the bladder.
Open to Enrollment
Why is this study being done?
Urgency incontinence (where the bladder muscles contract suddenly, causing an immediate urge to urinate that is difficult to prevent) is commonly experienced in patients with overactive bladder. New findings have discovered that urgency incontinence may be connected to the interactions of certain regions of the brain and the bladder. Although this is a common problem, researchers still do not know how these interactions impact the process of urgency incontinence. The purpose of this study is to better understand how the brain functions, by using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine and Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) to create images of the brain during different bladder states.
Who is eligible to participate?
Women who are between the ages of 40 and 85 who:
- May or may not be experiencing symptoms of urinary incontinence
- Qualify based on your answers to a four-question screening questionnaire.
What is the compensation for this study?
Participants are eligible to receive up to $100 for time and costs related to this study which requires one visit to OHSU lasting approximately 2 ½ hours.
Who do I contact for additional information?
To find out more information and to learn if you are qualified to participate call the Women’s Health Research Unit confidential recruitment line: 503-494-3666