Journal article

Assessment of muscle mass using ultrasound with minimal versus maximal pressure compared with computed tomography in critically ill adult patients

Kate Fetterplace, Lucy Corlette, Yasmine Ali Abdelhamid, Jeffrey J Presneill, Michael T Paris, Damien Stella, Marina Mourtzakis, Christopher MacIsaac, Adam M Deane

AUSTRALIAN CRITICAL CARE | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Preserved skeletal muscle mass identified using computed tomography (CT) predicts improved outcomes from critical illness; however, CT imaging have few limitations such that it involves a radiation dose and transferring patients out of the intensive care unit. This study aimed to assess in critically ill patients the relationship between muscle mass estimates obtained using minimally invasive ultrasound techniques with both minimal and maximal pressure compared with CT images at the third lumber vertebra level. METHODS: All patients were treated in a single Australian intensive care unit. Eligible patients had paired assessments, within a 72-h window, of muscle mass by ultrasound..

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