Ultrasound, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging in myopathies: correlations with electromyography and histopathology

Acta Neurol Scand. 1994 May;89(5):336-46. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0404.1994.tb02644.x.


Imaging of examinations by ultrasound (US), computerized tomography (CT) and low field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were compared with EMG and muscle biopsy findings in the same muscles of 33 patients with different neuromuscular diseases. None of the imaging methods revealed specific diagnostic details, but gave valuable information on the extent and distribution of muscle involvement. In myopathies all imaging modalities corresponded well with the EMG and histopathology findings, but in the neuropathies with minimal tissue destruction EMG was, understandably, more sensitive. The imaging characteristics of MR were as good as those of CT, but MRI has the advantage of not requiring ionizing radiation. US is the most economical method and it was found to be, despite its lower resolution, very informative in the hands of an experienced examiner, especially for the detection of fibrosis. The good agreement of histopathology with pathologic imaging and EMG findings implies that the accuracy of muscle biopsy increases, if its site is selected on the basis of imaging and/or EMG examination.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adipocytes
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Connective Tissue
  • Electromyography*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Muscles / diagnostic imaging
  • Muscles / physiopathology
  • Muscles / ultrastructure
  • Neuromuscular Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*
  • Ultrasonography*