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Integr Med Res. 2017 Dec;6(4):427-433. doi: 10.1016/j.imr.2017.09.003. Epub 2017 Sep 19.

Development of an ultrasound-imaging procedure and acquisition of ultrasound images of acupuncture points for safety and accuracy of needle insertion.

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1
Research & Development, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, Daejeon, Korea.
2
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of Korean Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Wonkwang University, Iksan, Korea.
3
Department of Diagnostics, College of Korean Medicine, Wonkwang University, Iksan, Korea.
4
Department of Meridian & Acupoint, College of Korean Medicine, Wonkwang University, Iksan, Korea.
5
Department of Medical Non-Commissioned Officer, Wonkwang Health Science, Iksan, Korea.

Abstract

Background:

Acupuncture is a relatively safe, commonly used "alternative" medical treatment for various symptoms. However, adverse effects can occur, including trauma, pneumothorax, and central-nervous-system injury. Our objective was to develop a reliable and practical procedure for ultrasound imaging of acupuncture points to improve safety during needling, and to acquire ultrasound images of several (44) acupuncture points, especially those in high-risk areas, according to an in-house standard operating procedure.

Methods:

We created the standard operating procedure for ultrasound imaging for acupuncture, and collected ultrasound images of acupuncture points in clinical trials.

Results:

Ultrasound images for 44 acupuncture points considered as high-risk points were collected from 85 healthy people who were classified by body-mass index, and high-quality, clear representative images of all 44 points were obtained.

Conclusion:

These baseline images could be helpful for understanding the anatomy under the skin at acupuncture points, which would allow for an enhanced safety and more accurate needling.

KEYWORDS:

acupuncture methods; trauma; ultrasonography

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