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Assessment of Sonoelastography as Diagnosis Tool of Inflammatory Myopathies

Applied Medical Informatics, 2010, Vol.27(4), pp.81-89 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Assessment of Sonoelastography as Diagnosis Tool of Inflammatory Myopathies
  • Author: Botar-Jid, Carolina ; Bolboaca, Sorana ; Damian, Laura ; Dudea, Sorin ; Pantilie, Cosmin ; Nedevschi, Setgiu ; Badea, Radu
  • Found In: Applied Medical Informatics, 2010, Vol.27(4), pp.81-89 [Peer Reviewed Journal]
  • Subjects: Romania ; Musculoskeletal Diseases ; Musculoskeletal System ; Pathology ; Medical Diagnosis
  • Language: English
  • Description: Background: Inflammatory myopathies represent a special group of pathology. Establishing the correct diagnosis in the early phase and a better follow-up are the main objective for improving the life quality of these patients. Objective: The aim of this research was to assess the usefulness of sonoelastography in diagnosis of inflammatory myopathies. Material and Method: A prospective longitudinal study with a control group was carried out in the Radio-Imaging Department, Cluj-Napoca District University Hospital, Romania, from May 2007 to July 2010. Measurements: Image Processing 2.8 software was used to analyze the elastographic images in correlation with clinical and biochemical data was used. Results: Analysis of Receiver Operating Characteristic curves statistics for elastography parameters showed significant values for the following parameters: average green color, average blue color, average intensity of color, dispersion of red, dispersion of green, and dispersion of hue. Conclusions: Our study highlighted the utility of some elastography parameters in the diagnosis of inflammatory myopathies; the parameter proved to be statistically different in case group compared to control. Anyway, standardization of sonoelastography and larger studies are required to ensure accurate diagnosis, reproductibility and reliability. [PUBLICATION ]
  • Identifier: ISSN: 12245593

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