Journal article

Combination of Quantitative MRI Fat Fraction and Texture Analysis to Evaluate Spastic Muscles of Children With Cerebral Palsy

Tugba Akinci D'Antonoli, Francesco Santini, Xeni Deligianni, Meritxell Garcia Alzamora, Erich Rutz, Oliver Bieri, Reinald Brunner, Claudia Weidensteiner

FRONTIERS IN NEUROLOGY | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2021

Abstract

Background: Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common cause of physical disability in childhood. Muscle pathologies occur due to spasticity and contractures; therefore, diagnostic imaging to detect pathologies is often required. Imaging has been used to assess torsion or estimate muscle volume, but additional methods for characterizing muscle composition have not thoroughly been investigated. MRI fat fraction (FF) measurement can quantify muscle fat and is often a part of standard imaging in neuromuscular dystrophies. To date, FF has been used to quantify muscle fat and assess function in CP. In this study, we aimed to utilize a radiomics and FF analysis along with the combination of both metho..

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