Volunteer For a Research Study

The following are our studies that are currently recruiting volunteers:

Development and Validation of Novel MR Imaging Techniques (IRB 25881)

The goal of this study is to enhance the capability of 1.5T and 3.0T MRI for diagnosing diseases of the cardiovascular and nervous systems. Techniques developed during this project may be integrated into routine clinical practice and may ultimately improve patient care. Eligible volunteers must be 18 years or older; have no known cardiac disease OR be undergoing evaluation for coronary artery, peripheral vascular disease, or cancer; and be able to undergo MRI (no metal implants inside body, no claustrophobia). Study procedures include either a non-contrast or contrast-enhanced MRI  (free of charge, non-invasive and no radiation involved); and if needed, a blood draw for kidney function analysis. The study visit is approximately 1.5 - 2.5 hours. Volunteers are compensated with a $40 gift card for non-contrast MRI; $70 for contrast-enhanced MRI; and parking validation is included.

Contact: Kimberly Okamoto, RN at (310) 423-0732


Development of a Non-Contrast Arterial MRI Technique (IRB 24304)

We are developing and testing a new, non-contrast imaging technique for Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the arteries (MRA). Eligible volunteers must be 18 years or older; have no known artery disease (healthy volunteer) OR patient with diagnosed or suspected artery disease; and be able to undergo MRI (no metal implants and no claustrophobia). Study procedures include either 1 MRA  (non-contrast) OR 2 MRA scans (non-contrast & contrast); if needed, a blood draw for kidney function analysis. Each study visit is approximately 1.5 - 2.5 hours. Volunteers are compensated with a $40 gift card for non-contrast MRI or $70  for contrast-enhanced MRI; and parking validation. 

Contact:  Kimberly Okamoto, RN at (310) 423-0732


High-resolution First-Pass Myocardial Perfusion MRI at 3.0T (IRB 23884)

We are using state-of-the-art Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology to develop improved methods for evaluating blood flow in the heart muscle. Eligible volunteers must be 18 years or older; have no known heart disease; and be able to undergo MRI (no metal implants inside body, no claustrophobia). Study procedures include a contrast-enhanced MRI with stress test (free of charge, non-invasive and no radiation involved); and if needed, a blood draw for kidney function analysis. The study visit is approximately 3 hours. Volunteers are compensated with a $100 gift card and received parking validation.

Contact: Kimberly Okamoto, RN at (310) 423-0732


Is your blood pressure elevated?  (IRB 24472)

The goal of this study is to test whether Nebivolol medication in addition to reduction of blood pressure improves body fat distribution. We are looking for individuals 18 - 59 years old, with elevated blood pressure, with no diabetes, and be able to undergo MRI (no metal implants inside the body and no claustrophobia). There are 9 study visits, most of which will last less than 1 hour and 2 visits will last up to 4 hours. Qualified participants will be compensated with gift cards of total $500 for the entire study – average $50 per visit. We will validate parking or provide a 1-day metro bus pass for each visit.

Contact: (310) 248-7682 or obesity.research@cshs.org


Contrast Enhanced Whole-Heart Coronary MR at 3.0T (IRB 23311)

We are evaluating the image quality and effectiveness of a contrast-enhanced imaging protocol with a high-efficiency 3.0T Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner to detect heart abnormalities. Eligible volunteers must be 18 years or older; have no know heart disease OR have coronary artery disease and have been referred by their physician to undergo coronary angiography within 30 days of research MRI; and be able to undergo MRI (no metal implants inside body, no claustrophobia). Study procedures include either a non-contrast or contrast-enhanced cardiac MRI (free of charge, non-invasive and no radiation involved); and if needed, a blood draw for kidney function analysis. The study visit is approximately 1.5 - 2.5 hours. Volunteers are compensated with a $40 gift card for non-contrast MRI or $70  for contrast-enhanced MRI; and parking validation. 

Contact: Kimberly Okamoto, RN at (310) 423-0732


Identification of Adverse Plaque Characteristics by Coronary MRA (IRB 27850)

We are evaluating whether we can identify characteristics of coronary artery plaque using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). In this study, we will examine the results of a research Coronary Magnetic Resonance Angiography (CMRA) to see if it corresponds to the information shown on your clinical Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography (CCTA). Eligible volunteers must be clinical imaging patients selected by an imaging physician based on their previous clinical CT Angiogram results; and be able to undergo MRI (no metal implants and no claustrophobia). Study procedures include a contrast-enhanced MRI and echocardiogram. The study visit is approximately 2 - 4 hours. Volunteers are compensated with a $100 gift card and receive parking validation.

Contact: Kimberly Okamoto, RN at (310) 423-0732


Self-Gated, Motion-Resolved Whole-Heart Coronary MRA with Isotropic Resolution (IRB 25451)

We are developing and validating Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology to optimize methods of diagnosing heart disease. Eligible volunteers must be 18 years of age or older, have no known Coronary Artery Disease (CAD); and be able to undergo MRI (no metal implants and no claustrophobia). Study procedures include a non-contrast cardiac MRI and the study visit is approximately 2.5 hours. Volunteers are compensated with a $50 gift card and parking validation.

Contact: Kimberly Okamoto, RN at (310) 423-0732