Imaging the Skeletal Muscle: When to Use MR imaging and When to Use Ultrasound

  • Carlo MartinoliEmail author
  • Sonia Airaldi
  • Bianca Bignotti
  • Alberto Tagliafico
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


Muscle imaging is inherently complex and presents unique morphologic challenges and continuing integration of dynamic, physiologic and functional capabilities as imaging technology progresses. This chapter is focused on the optimal use of US and MR imaging in the evaluation of a variety of muscle disorders, including muscle strains and tears, delayed onset muscle soreness, myositis ossificans, muscle hernia, acute and chronic exertional compartment syndromes, inflammatory and infectious diseases, tumors and non-neoplastic masses. The value of US and MR imaging in each muscle disorder will be weighted up to find strengths and weaknesses of the techniques and understand the appropriate place of modern imaging in the clinical management of patients with muscle disease.


Magnetic Resonance Imaging Compartment Syndrome Muscle Injury Inclusion Body Myositis Muscle Tumor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlo Martinoli
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sonia Airaldi
    • 1
  • Bianca Bignotti
    • 1
  • Alberto Tagliafico
    • 2
  1. 1.Radiology Department – DISSALUniversità di GenovaGenoaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Experimental Medicine – DIMESUniversità di GenovaGenoaItaly

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