Ultrasound imaging as a diagnostic tool to assess the functional status of muscles following a spinal cord injury

Miller, J., Gollee, H. and Purcell, M. (2021) Ultrasound imaging as a diagnostic tool to assess the functional status of muscles following a spinal cord injury. Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, 47(3), pp. 386-397. (doi: 10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2020.10.008) (PMID:33309040)

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The aim of this study was to evaluate the use of ultrasound imaging (USI) as a diagnostic tool to assess muscle function after a spinal cord injury (SCI). Ultrasound videos of the gastrocnemius medialis muscle were recorded both at rest and during attempted maximum voluntary contraction (MVC) for fifteen participants with a SCI and fifteen able-bodied controls. Measurements were repeated at monthly intervals for participants in the SCI group during their inpatient stay. Differences in muscle echogenicity and thickness were detected between both able-bodied and SCI groups and subgroups of SCI participants, suggesting USI can detect and monitor changes in muscle structure which are characteristic of atrophy. Decreased muscle movement in the SCI groups was also detected during attempted MVC. The ability of USI to distinguish between different levels of function demonstrates the potential of USI as a quantitative tool to assess muscles.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Miller, Dr Jennifer and Gollee, Dr Henrik and Purcell, Mariel
Authors: Miller, J., Gollee, H., and Purcell, M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Biomedical Engineering
Journal Name:Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology
ISSN (Online):1879-291X
Published Online:10 December 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology 47(3): 386-397
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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190906EPSRC 2015 DTPMary Beth KneafseyEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/M508056/1Research and Innovation Services