Real-time visualization of muscle stiffness distribution with ultrasound shear wave imaging during muscle contraction

Muscle Nerve. 2010 Sep;42(3):438-41. doi: 10.1002/mus.21723.


A stand-alone ultrasound shear wave imaging technology has been developed to quantify and visualize Young's modulus distribution by remotely applying ultrasound radiation force and tracking the resulting microvibrations in soft tissues with ultrafast ultrasound imaging. We report the first preliminary data that detected the distribution of local muscle stiffness within and between resting and contracting muscles at different muscle lengths with this technology. This technique may assist clinicians in characterizing muscle injuries or neuromuscular disorders.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Elasticity Imaging Techniques
  • Humans
  • Knee / physiology
  • Male
  • Muscle Contraction / physiology
  • Muscle, Skeletal / diagnostic imaging*
  • Muscle, Skeletal / physiology*
  • Physical Stimulation
  • Posture / physiology
  • Vibration