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Research study: SHIELD

Do you have healthy knees and want to contribute to OA research?

We are looking for volunteers between 18-35 with healthy knees, i.e. that have not suffered a previous knee injury and/or undergone back or lower extremity surgery. If you have metal implants in your body or are pregnant, you should not partake in this research study. 

In the event of an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), the risk of developing osteoarthritis of the knee at a young age is high. There is limited knowledge of how soon after an injury the development of OA begins, and whether the muscles around the joint can protect the knee against early-onset osteoarthritis.

This research study examines people who have undergone an ACL reconstruction and follows them over time to see how the development of osteoarthritis changes and whether improved muscle function can protect the knee by alleviating joint pressure. To be able to draw comparisons and fuel results, we are looking for volunteers with healthy knees (no previous knee injuries) who are willing to get an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan.

The MRI exam takes place during working hours in the hospital area in Malmö, Sweden. The exam takes approximately 1 hour, of which 40 minutes consist of lying inside the MRI machine. You will also be contacted after 2 years for a follow-up and be requested to get a new MRI scan.

For more information about the study or to register as a volunteer, please contact Jenny Nae at jenny [dot] almqvist_nae [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se