Local Texture Anisotropy as an Estimate of Muscle Quality in Ultrasound Imaging

Ultrasound Med Biol. 2018 May;44(5):1133-1140. doi: 10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2017.12.017. Epub 2018 Feb 7.


This study introduces local pattern texture anisotropy as a novel parameter to differentiate healthy and disordered muscle and to gauge the severity of muscle impairments based on B-mode ultrasound images. Preliminary human results are also presented. A local pattern texture anisotropy index (TAI) was computed in one region of interest in the short head of the biceps brachii. The effects of gain settings and box sizes required for TAI computation were investigated. Between-day reliability was studied in patients with sporadic inclusion body myositis (n = 26). The ability of the TAI to discriminate dystrophic from healthy muscle was evaluated in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and healthy controls (n = 16). TAI values were compared with a gray-scale index (GSI). TAI values were less influenced by gain settings than were GSI values. TAI had lower between-day variability (typical error = 2.3%) compared with GSI (typical error = 2.3% vs. 8.3%, respectively). Patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy had lower TAIs than controls (0.76 ± 0.06 vs. 0.87 ± 0.03, respectively, p <0.05). At 40% gain, TAI values correlated with percentage predicted elbow flexor strength in inclusion body myositis (R = 0.63, p <0.001). The TAI may be a promising addition to other texture-based approaches for quantitative muscle ultrasound imaging.

Keywords: Echogenicity; Inclusion body myositis; Local pattern texture anisotropy; Muscle dystrophy; Muscle quality; Quantitative muscle ultrasound; Texture analysis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Anisotropy
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Muscle, Skeletal / diagnostic imaging
  • Muscle, Skeletal / pathology
  • Muscular Dystrophy, Duchenne / diagnostic imaging*
  • Muscular Dystrophy, Duchenne / pathology
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Ultrasonography / methods*