Tissue Characterization of Normal and Dystrophic Muscle Using Broad-Band Backscattered R.F. Data
There are many potential uses for the non-invasive “in vivo” characterization of muscle tissue. Dystrophic diseases produce large structural changes with a range of scale sizes comparable with fibres and fasciculi, introducing the possibility of quantitative monitoring by ultrasonic tissue characterization. The application of ultrasound to muscle disease has so far be limited and used mostly to determine approximate muscle volumes(1,2). Some work has been done on the relationship of B-scan texture to the severity and type of muscular dystrophy(3) but no rigorous quantitative study has been attempted. The ultimate aim of the research is to provide a quantitative method for monitoring and diagnosing disease using modified conventional clinical equipment.
KeywordsMuscular Dystrophy Tibialis Anterior Rectus Femoris Tissue Characterization Dystrophic Muscle
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