Objective quantification of muscle and fat in human dystrophic muscle by magnetic resonance image analysis

Muscle Nerve. 1996 Mar;19(3):302-10. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1097-4598(199603)19:3<302::AID-MUS4>3.0.CO;2-H.


Information about changes in muscle composition has to date been primarily restricted to histological examination of biopsy samples or qualitative assessment of images obtained using a variety of techniques (e.g., ultrasound, CT, and MRI). We describe the development of a quantitative method for the analysis of muscle composition using MR T2 relaxation time mapping and image analysis. This approach provides an objective means of studying muscle and, when used in conjunction with force production measurements, may provide an accurate measure of response to muscle therapy.

MeSH terms

  • Adipose Tissue / pathology*
  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Muscles / pathology*
  • Muscular Dystrophies / diagnosis*
  • Muscular Dystrophies / pathology