Study to Determine Accuracy of Medial and Lateral Knee Joint Line Palpation by Physical Therapists using Ultrasound Imaging Verification


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  • Study IDs

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    • Observational study — observes people and measures outcomes without affecting results.
    • Interventional study (clinical trial) — studies new tests, treatments, drugs, surgical procedures or devices.
    • Medical records research — uses historical information collected from medical records of large groups of people to study how diseases progress and which treatments and surgeries work best.
  • Site IRB
    • Rochester, Minnesota: 18-009665
    Sponsor Protocol Number: 18-009665

About this study

The purpose of this study is to determine the accuracy of both medial and lateral knee joint line palpation by examiners with three different levels of physical therapy experience, and to determine the influence of the supine and seated position on knee joint line palpation accuracy.

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. If you need assistance understanding the eligibility criteria, please contact the study team.

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Inclusion Criteria:

  • Must be between the ages of 18-65.
  • Must be able to sit with 90 degrees of knee flexion and also lie in the supine position will full knee extension.

Exclusion Criteria:

  •  Previous knee surgery on the right knee.
  •  Open wounds in the area intended to be palpated.


Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact us for help.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Darren Calley, P.T., DScPT, OCS

Open for enrollment

Contact information:

Molly Warshaw


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