Shear wave elastography with ultrasound is a noninvasive method used for measuring stiffness in the human body. Shear wave elastography can be used for accurately and quantitatively measuring stiffness. However, its disadvantage is that the stiffness value can vary significantly because the region of interest (ROI) setting depends on the diagnostic operator. In this study, a stiffness measurement program using color mapping in shear wave elastography was developed to address the above-mentioned disadvantage. Color map and color ratios were obtained and evaluated for major lower limb muscles (i.e., biceps femoris, medial gastrocnemius, rectus femoris, and tibialis anterior) at active voluntary contraction. According to the result, when the developed program was used, a small standard deviation compared to the conventional stiffness measurement method, such as kilopascal or meter per second unit using ROIs, was measured in all cases. In conclusion, our results demonstrate that the stiffness measurement method using our program is expected to improve reliability in shear wave elastography ultrasound imaging.
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