A Non-Invasive Technique for Measuring Tendon Elasticity with Surface Wave Speed for the Patient with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


About this study

The purpose of this study is to develop a noninvasive way to measure pressure in the carpal tunnel using shear wave elastography (SWE), which may be useful in the diagnosis and assessment of patients with Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adult men and women between age 21 and 80.
  • With a clinical diagnosis of CTS confirmed by electrodiagnostic testing.
  • The patient must have symptoms of numbness or tingling for at least 4 weeks in the median nerve distribution.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Previous carpal tunnel release or other volar wrist surgery on the study hand.
  • Known tumor, mass or deformity of the study hand or wrist.
  • Any of the following clinical diagnoses or conditions:
    • Cervical radiculopathy or other polyneuropathy;
    • Rheumatoid or other inflammatory arthritis;
    • Prisoners;
    • People unable to give informed consent.
    • People unable to complete English-language clinical evaluations.


Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Chunfeng Zhao, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

Contact information:

Jonathan Furuseth



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