A possible clinical tool to depict muscle elasticity mapping using magnetic resonance elastography
Article first published online: 20 MAR 2013
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Muscle & Nerve
Volume 47, Issue 6, pages 903–908, June 2013
How to Cite
Debernard, L., Robert, L., Charleux, F. and Bensamoun, S. F. (2013), A possible clinical tool to depict muscle elasticity mapping using magnetic resonance elastography. Muscle Nerve, 47: 903–908. doi: 10.1002/mus.23678
- Issue published online: 23 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 20 MAR 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 15 SEP 2012 12:40AM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 SEP 2012
- Picardie région, AFM
- magnetic resonance elastography;
- muscle elasticity;
- ultrasound elastography
Characterization of muscle elasticity will improve the diagnosis and treatment of muscle disorders. The purpose is to compare the use of magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) and ultrasound elastography (USE) techniques to elucidate the MRE cartography of thigh muscles.
Both elastography techniques were performed on 5 children and 7 adults. Quantitative (MRE) and qualitative (USE) cartographies of muscle elasticity, as a function of muscle state and age, were obtained with shear waves and manual compression of the ultrasound probe, respectively.
Similar cartographies of muscle elasticity were obtained with the 2 methods. The combination of both imaging techniques results in an improved depiction of the physiological changes associated with muscle state and age.
This study demonstrates the feasibility of MRE for use as a clinical tool in the characterization of neuromuscular pathologies and for assessing the efficacy of specific treatments for muscle related diseases. Muscle Nerve 47: 903–908, 2013