Assessment of the Use of Ultrasound for Epidural Catheter Placement and Comparison With Palpation Technique


This study is intended to determine whether ultrasound imaging can improve the ability to place a spinal or epidural needle in obstetric anesthesia. By evaluating the use of ultrasound for the placement of epidural catheters the investigators hope to answer two questions: 1. How does the traditional technique based on palpation compare to one using ultrasound to place an epidural catheter? 2. Does ultrasound reduce one potential risk in epidural placement?

Study Start Date

October 2014

Estimated Completion Date

December 2016


  • Device: ultrasound guidance
  • Device: palpation guidance


  • Obstetrics & Gynecology: Obstetrics
  • Radiology: Ultrasound
  • Physician Assistant: Obstetrics/Gynecology

MeSH Terms

  • Labor Pain
  • ultrasound guidance

Study ID

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center -- 2014-P-000267



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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Inclusion Criteria

  • Healthy ASA I or II parturient
  • Will be receiving neuraxial placement for labor, having been consented for the procedure

Exclusion Criteria

  • ASA III or IV
  • Unable to participate in the study due to severe pain
  • Contraindications to neuraxial analgesia
  • Previous spinal surgery in the lumbar or sacral area (L1 through Sacrum)
  • BMI greater than 37
  • Height less than 60 inches
  • Significant scoliosis




18 Years to 64 Years

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Study Locations and Contact Information (1)

Study Location Distance Name Phone Email
Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center - Boston, Massachusetts 2.4 miles Diana Cepeda 617-667-4113 provides clinical trial listings in an easy to view format. All clinical trial information is pulled directly from This website does not guarantee acceptance into any clinical trial, and is not responsible for adverse events that may be incurred from a clinical trial.