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J Clin Ultrasound. 2012 Jul-Aug;40(6):364-7. doi: 10.1002/jcu.21933. Epub 2012 May 7.

Measurement of infant tongue thickness using ultrasound: a technical note.

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  • 1Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Kentucky, 900 S. Limestone, Room 124G, Lexington, KY 40536-0200, USA.


Novel uses of ultrasound include obtaining images of intra-oral structures to further research in speech production and feeding. In this technical note we describe a noninvasive, cost-effective, and reliable method for measuring infant tongue muscle thickness. The current pilot study demonstrates high reliability of a trained ultrasonographer to obtain adequate images of the infant tongue and the ability to measure reliably between two anatomic landmarks to determine tongue thickness and investigate a potential relationship between tongue size and tongue force.

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