Ultrasonography.  2019 Jan;38(1):2-12. 10.14366/usg.18039.

Clinical utilization of shear wave elastography in the musculoskeletal system

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA.
  • 2Department of Radiology, Henry Ford Health Systems, Detroit, MI, USA. marnix@rad.hfh.edu
  • 3Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Henry Ford Health Systems, Bone and Joint Center, Detroit, MI, USA.

Abstract

Shear wave elastography (SWE) is an emerging technology that provides information about the inherent elasticity of tissues by producing an acoustic radiofrequency force impulse, sometimes called an "acoustic wind," which generates transversely-oriented shear waves that propagate through the surrounding tissue and provide biomechanical information about tissue quality. Although SWE has the potential to revolutionize bone and joint imaging, its clinical application has been hindered by technical and artifactual challenges. Many of the stumbling blocks encountered during musculoskeletal SWE imaging are readily recognizable and can be overcome, but progressive advances in technology and a better understanding of image acquisition are required before SWE can reliably be used in musculoskeletal imaging.

Keyword

Ultrasonography; Musculoskeletal system; Elasticity; Tendons; Muscles

MeSH Terms

Acoustics
Elasticity
Elasticity Imaging Techniques*
Joints
Muscles
Musculoskeletal System*
Tendons
Ultrasonography
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