Non-invasive assessment of human multifidus muscle stiffness using ultrasound shear wave elastography: A feasibility study.

@article{Moreau2016NoninvasiveAO,
  title={Non-invasive assessment of human multifidus muscle stiffness using ultrasound shear wave elastography: A feasibility study.},
  author={Baptiste Moreau and Claudio Vergari and Hisham M. Gad and Baptiste Sandoz and Wafa Skalli and S{\'e}bastien Laporte},
  journal={Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of engineering in medicine},
  year={2016},
  volume={230 8},
  pages={809-14}
}
There is a lack of numeric data for the mechanical characterization of spine muscles, especially in vivo data. The multifidus muscle is a major muscle for the stabilization of the spine and may be involved in the pathogenesis of chronic low back pain (LBP). Supersonic shear wave elastography (SWE) has not yet been used on back muscles. The purpose of this prospective study is to assess the feasibility of ultrasound SWE to measure the elastic modulus of lumbar multifidus muscle in a passive… CONTINUE READING
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