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ECR 2018 / C-1211
Sarcopenia assessment with handheld ultrasound: a novel technique based on speed of sound
Congress: ECR 2018
Poster No.: C-1211
Type: Scientific Exhibit
Keywords: Extremities, Musculoskeletal soft tissue, Ultrasound physics, Ultrasound, Diagnostic procedure, Tissue characterisation, Geriatrics
Authors: M.-L. Metzger, G. Freystätter, K. Martini, T. Frauenfelder, O. Göksel, S. Sanabria, M. Rominger; Zurich/CH

Aims and objectives

Decrease in muscle mass (sarcopenia), and an increase in subcutaneous and intermuscular (“myosteatosis”) adipose tissue, are both linked to age-, cancer, and chronic disease-related changes.

Hand-held 2D SoS-US is a novel technique, which uses a conventional ultrasound system to measure SoS in tissue. A passive reflector is positioned in opposite of a hand-held ultrasound probe with the tissue in between. The reflector is used a reference to measure the time of propagation of the ultrasound echoes transmitted through the tissue and reflected back to the ultrasound probe.

To assess sarcopenia of calf muscles with a novel handheld ultrasound technique measuring speed of sound (SoS) for quantification of muscle and fat content.


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