Dual-Energy CT in Patients With Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinomas
Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Conditions: official terms
Carcinoma - Carcinoma, Squamous Cell - Head and Neck Neoplasms
Study Type
Study Phase
Study Design
Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective
Overall Status
Not yet recruiting
The purpose of this study is to utilize dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) to investigate changes in tumor iodine concentration in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC). Dual-energy computerized tomography could easily replace a standard CT neck with the added benefit of providing functional information that would only be possible with advanced computerized tomography perfusion, magnetic resonance diffusion (MRI) or positron emission tomography (PET) imaging techniques.
Detailed Description
Patients with head and/or neck tumors routinely have head and neck imaging completed with a computerized tomography scan, commonly called a CT scan. A CT scan combines a series of x-ray views that are taken from many different angles and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images inside your body. These cross-sectional images are very thin slices, often less than 1 mm thick and allow the radiologist to examine parts of your tissue very closely.

Dual energy computed tomography (DECT) is a fairly new technology that uses both the normal x-ray and also a second less powerful x-ray to make the images. The Ottawa Hospital has scanners in use that are able to take the images that oncologists typically order for patients and can also be set to obtain DECT images at the same time.

The purpose of this study is to investigate whether DECT images can provide helpful information to better predict how the tumor will respond to treatment and the likely course of head and neck tumors.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: No
Maximum Age: N/A
Minimum Age: 18 Years
Gender: Both
Criteria: Inclusion Criteria:

- 18 years and older

- untreated, histologically confirmed head and neck squamous cell carcinoma

Exclusion Criteria:

- paranasal sinus involvement of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma
The Ottawa Hospital
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Status: Not yet recruiting
Contact: Santanu Chakraborty, MD - 613-798-8899 - schakraborty@toh.on.ca
Start Date
January 2015
Completion Date
July 2016
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Record processing date
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on July 28, 2015
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