Measurement of abdominal muscle thickness using M-mode ultrasound imaging during functional activities
Bunce, S.M., Hough, A.D. and Moore, A.P. (2004) Measurement of abdominal muscle thickness using M-mode ultrasound imaging during functional activities Manual therapy, 9 (1). pp. 41-44. ISSN 1356-689X
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1356-689X(03)00069-9
Ultrasound imaging has been previously utilized in the measurement of muscle thickness and cross-sectional area in research studies, and advocated as a clinical biofeedback tool in the rehabilitation of transversus abdominis function following episodes of low back pain. This paper describes how the thickness of the abdominal muscles can be quantified with a new measurement technique using M-mode ultrasound. The technique uses a custom-made transducer holder that facilitates measurement of muscle thickness changes during functional activity. Limitations of the technique and potential future applications are discussed. The M-mode ultrasound technique may provide an effective method for the non-invasive measurement of abdominal muscle thickness during functional activities.
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