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A volunteer study to determine the anatomical distribution of injectate, the extent of sensory block, and the pharmacokinetics of ropivacaine following Erector Spinae Plane (ESP) blocks.

This study will recruit healthy volunteers to determine the effect of a peripheral nerve block. The participants will get an injection in their back muscle after an intravenous line is placed in their hand or arm. After the injection they will have two MRI done at 30 and 90 minute time intervals. A half tablespoon of blood also will be taken through the IV line already placed 6 times during the study period starting just before to Peripheral nerve block placement up to four hours post injections. They will be discharged from the study after half an hour of the last blood sample. During this whole process they will be monitored for their blood pressure, oxygen saturation and other effects related to the procedure.
18 year(s) or older
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Inclusion Criteria:
Healthy adults ages 18 to 60
Weight between 55kgs (~120lbs) and 100kgs (~220lbs)
Height 160cms (~5ft 3in) to 190cms (~6ft 3in)
Exclusion Criteria:
Pregnant females, chronic medical condition requiring medication
History of previous major spinal, abdominal or thoracic surgery, 4. Congenital abnormalities of the spine, back, thorax or abdomen
History of major trauma to the thorax or abdomen; 6. Allergy to ropivacaine or other amide local anesthetics
The presence of any metallic implant in their body, 9. Allergy to Gadolinium radiological contrast agent
Any contraindication to magnetic resonance imaging as determined by completion of a standard questionnaire administered to all patients undergoing magnetic resonance imaging.
Prevention, Muscle & Bone, Pain Management
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Hershey, PA