Magnetic resonance imaging of paraspinal muscles in patients with metastatic spinal tumors
McGill University
Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
Department of Surgery, Division Orthopedics, McGill University Health Centre
Dr. Robert Turcotte
Michael Weber, MD, PhD, FRCSC, Maryse Fortin, PhD, CAT(C)
English or French
4 weeks
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Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project without Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
The vertebral column is the most frequent site of the skeletal system for the development of metastatic tumors, with approximately one third of patients diagnosed with cancer developing tumors in the spine. Spinal instability is a key component in decision-making of whether surgical treatment is required. Several studies aimed to determine possible predictors of metastatic burst fracture. Accordingly, tumor size, area of bone defect, spinal loading, tumor location, tumor type, sagittal deformities and integrity of costovertebral joint have been identified as risk factors for secondary instability to spinal metastases. However, the assessment of soft tissue abnormalities has been completely overlooked in this patient population. The paraspinal muscles play a critical role to maintain spinal stability and their importance should not be underestimated.
What is the aim of the project?
To determine the involvement of paraspinal muscles in patients with metastatic spinal tumors
What techniques and methods are used?
What is the role of the student?
- The student will mainly observe
- The student will observe the practical experiments but will be highly involved in the analysis of the results
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
Imaging and data analysis
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- No specific outcome is expected
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
The student should have a great understanding of the human anatomy. Experience with imaging analysis is recommended.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts:
- Medical students