Journal article

Skeletal Muscle Ultrasound in Critical Care: A Tool in Need of Translation

Marina Mourtzakis, Selina Parry, Bronwen Connolly, Zudin Puthucheary

Annals of the American Thoracic Society | AMER THORACIC SOC | Published : 2017


With the emerging interest in documenting and understanding muscle atrophy and function in critically ill patients and survivors, ultrasonography has transformational potential for measurement of muscle quantity and quality. We discuss the importance of quantifying skeletal muscle in the intensive care unit setting. We also identify the merits and limitations of various modalities that are capable of accurately and precisely measuring muscularity. Ultrasound is emerging as a potentially powerful tool for skeletal muscle quantification; however, there are key challenges that need to be addressed in future work to ensure useful interpretation and comparability of results across diverse observa..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship

Awarded by National Institute for Health Research

Funding Acknowledgements

Supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship (1111640) and a short-term European Respiratory Society fellowship in 2016 (S.P.), as well as by a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) postdoctoral research fellowship and the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre based at Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and King's College London (B.C.). The views expressed are those of the authors and are not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR, or the Department of Health.