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Br J Radiol. 2012 Nov;85(1019):1435-45. doi: 10.1259/bjr/93042867.

Ultrasound elastography for musculoskeletal applications.

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Department of Radiology, University Hospital of Heraklion, Greece. drakonaki@yahoo.gr

Abstract

Ultrasound elastography (EUS) is a method to assess the mechanical properties of tissue, by applying stress and detecting tissue displacement using ultrasound. There are several EUS techniques used in clinical practice; strain (compression) EUS is the most common technique that allows real-time visualisation of the elastographic map on the screen. There is increasing evidence that EUS can be used to measure the mechanical properties of musculoskeletal tissue in clinical practice, with the future potential for early diagnosis to both guide and monitor therapy. This review describes the various EUS techniques available for clinical use, presents the published evidence on musculoskeletal applications of EUS and discusses the technical issues, limitations and future perspectives of this method in the assessment of the musculoskeletal system.

PMID:
23091287
PMCID:
PMC3500785
DOI:
10.1259/bjr/93042867
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