A New Method of Muscle Strength Testing Using a Quantitative Ultrasonic Technique and a Convolutional Neural Network

2019-08-07 16:09:22 | BioPortfolio


In addition to muscle thickness and average echo intensity, this study aimed to use quantitative ultrasonic technology to increase the number of related parameters of power Doppler ultrasonography measured to describe the number, quality, and recruitment level of muscles. In addition, this method was compared with the existing muscle strength testing methods. Image recognition was performed using the traditional multivariate linear regression statistical method and the AI convolutional neural network algorithm to investigate the application of quantitative ultrasonic technology for direct evaluation of muscle strength in clinical practice.


Collection of all quantitative ultrasonic data was performed by one ultrasound physician. The Aixplorer® series color ultrasonic diagnostic instrument of Supersonic Imagine (France) and an L15-4 linear array probe were used. The medial head of the quadriceps muscle was measured. The subjects wore short pants that settled above the knees. Tight pants were avoided to prevent impaired venous return, which can affect the power Doppler ultrasonography result. The subjects did not exercise within half an hour before testing. Two-dimensional images of the subjects' muscles were collected in a quiet resting state and used to measure muscle thickness and the average echo intensity. The power Doppler images were used to measure the level of muscle hyperemia. The measurements were performed in the 0° knee extension position and the most prominent part of the medial head of the quadriceps muscle was measured by the ultrasound physician using visualization. The probe angle was perpendicular to the trajectory of the muscle bundle, and the measurement was performed with the muscle in a relaxed state. After the measurements, the knee was restrained to complete the isokinetic muscle strength test. When testing of the last group was completed, the knee was released immediately. The two-dimensional image and the power Doppler image at the same location were captured and the image acquisition time was no more than 3 s.

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Muscle Disorder


quantitative ultrasonic technique


Peking Univercity Third Hospital
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Peking University Third Hospital

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