Special Issue "Ultrasound Imaging Advances and Research in Healthcare"

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "TeleHealth and Digital Healthcare".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 16 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Carlos Romero-Morales

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Faculty of Sport Sciences, Universidad Europea de Madrid, Villaviciosa de Odón, 28670 Madrid, Spain
Interests: health care; pain; ligaments; muscles; ultrasonography; musculoskeletal disorders; tendons
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Dr. Blanca de la Cruz-Torres
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Department of Physiotherapy, University of Seville, Avicena Street, 41009 Seville, Spain
Interests: quality of life; perfommance; musculoskeletal disorders; physiotherapy; tendinopathy; ultrasound and invasive physiotherapy (guided intervention)
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Dr. Fermín Valera Garrido
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1. MVClinic Institute, 28600 Madrid, Spain
2. Department of Physical Therapy, University CEU San Pablo, 28925 Madrid, Spain
3. Getafe C.F., 28903 Madrid, Spain
Interests: invasive physiotherapy; musculoskeletal ultrasound; percutaneous needle electrolysis; percutaneous neuromodulation
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Prof. Dr. César Calvo-Lobo
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Facultad de Enfermería, Fisioterapia y Podología, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: ligaments; muscles; myofascial pain syndrome; musculoskeletal disorders; sports; tendons; ultrasonography
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Prof. Dr. Daniel López-López
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Research, Health and Podiatry Group, Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Nursing and Podiatry, Universidade da Coruña, 150403 Ferrol, Spain
Interests: biomechanics; quality of life; shoes; pain; epidemiology; orthopedics; podiatry; prevention and promotion of the health; rehabilitation
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Ultrasonography may be considered a useful tool in medicine and physical therapy, permitting novel static and dynamic evaluations for joint, nerve, muscle, tendon, and ligament structures. In recent years, new image-analysis software has been developed in order to obtain promising high-quality ultrasound images and novel pixel analyses. Currently, ultrasound imaging has been applied to assess and quantify the morphology and echotexture parameters of the muscle and fascial tissues. There is evidence to support the addition of the ultrasound imaging evaluation to a diagnostic or treatment programs in physical therapy could in order to provide quantitative and qualitative information of the musculoskeletal system. Additionally, novel vidence-based invasive therapies were assisted by ultrasound imaging in order to develop an accurate and safe procedure, such as electrolysis, neuromodulation, dry needling, electrostimulation. The use of ultrasound-guided invasive therapies are being widely studied due to the evidence benefits in acute and chronic musculoskeletal syndromes.

I would like to invite researchers from across the world to contribute their knowledge, insights, and findings in the form of novel and original research articles and reviews for this Special Issue entitle “Ultrasound imaging advances and research in healthcare”.The purpose of this Special Issue is to highlight the benefits of the ultrasound imaging for the prevention, diagnostic and management of different pathologies and syndromes related with the health of the general population.

Prof. Dr. Carlos Romero-Morales
Dr. Blanca de la Cruz-Torres
Prof. Dr. Fermín Valera-Garrido
Prof. Dr. César Calvo-Lobo
Prof. Dr. Daniel López-López
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Physical therapy
  • Health
  • Pain
  • Musculoskeletal disorder
  • Diagnosis
  • Ultrasound imaging
  • Invasive procedures
  • Rehabilitation
  • Training
  • Sport

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M-Mode Ultrasound Examination of Soleus Muscle in Healthy Subjects: Intra- and Inter-Rater Reliability Study
Healthcare 2020, 8(4), 555; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8040555 - 11 Dec 2020
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Objective: M-mode ultrasound imaging (US) reflects the motion of connective tissue within muscles. The objectives of this study were to evaluate inter-rater and intra-rater reliability of soleus muscle measurements between examiners with different levels of US experience in asymptomatic subjects and to investigate [...] Read more.
Objective: M-mode ultrasound imaging (US) reflects the motion of connective tissue within muscles. The objectives of this study were to evaluate inter-rater and intra-rater reliability of soleus muscle measurements between examiners with different levels of US experience in asymptomatic subjects and to investigate the level of soleus muscle isometric activity in two positions (knee extended and knee flexed at 30°). Methods: Thirty volunteers without a history of ankle pain were evaluated with US examinations of the soleus muscle. Each muscle was scanned independently by two evaluators. Muscle at rest thickness, maximal isometric contraction thickness, time and velocity measures were detailed and blinded to the other examiner. Results: Intra- and inter-rater reliability at rest, in maximal isometric contraction thickness, contraction time and contraction velocity measures for both positions (extended and flexed knee) were reported from good to excellent for all outcome measurements. The position with the knee extended reported a statistically significant increase in thickness after motion showing 1.33 ± 0.27 mm for measurements at rest thickness with knee extended versus 1.50 ± 0.29 mm for measurements at end thickness with the knee in flexed position (p = 0.001), as well as 1.31 ± 0.23 mm for rest thickness with the knee in flexed position measurements with respect to 1.34 ± 0.24 mm for maximal isometric contraction thickness with extended knee measurements (p = 0.058). Conclusions: This study found that intra- and inter-examiner reliability of M-mode ultrasound imaging of the soleus muscle was excellent in asymptomatic subjects and the soleus muscle activity was different between the position with the knee extended and the position with the knee flexed. Full article
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Effects of Deep Dry Needling on Tremor Severity and Functionality in Stroke: A Case Report
Healthcare 2021, 9(1), 5; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9010005 - 23 Dec 2020
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This study aimed to determine the effect of one session of dry needling on the severity of tremor, motor function and skills, and quality of life of a 39-year-old woman with post-stroke tremor. Myofascial trigger points (MTrP) of the following muscles were treated: [...] Read more.
This study aimed to determine the effect of one session of dry needling on the severity of tremor, motor function and skills, and quality of life of a 39-year-old woman with post-stroke tremor. Myofascial trigger points (MTrP) of the following muscles were treated: extensor digitorum, flexor digitorum superficialis and profundus, brachioradialis, short head of biceps brachii, long head of triceps brachii, mid deltoid, infraspinatus, teres minor, upper trapezius, and supraspinatus. Outcomes were assessed via (i) clinical scales (activity of daily living (ADL-T24), a visual analog scale (VAS), and the Archimedes spiral), (ii) a functional test (9-Hole Peg test), and (iii) biomechanical and neurophysiological measurements (inertial sensors, electromyography (EMG), and dynamometry). The subject showed a decrease in the severity of tremor during postural (72.7%) and functional (54%) tasks after treatment. EMG activity decreased after the session and returned to basal levels 4 days after. There was an improvement post-intervention (27.84 s) and 4 days after (32.43 s) in functionality and manual dexterity of the affected limb, measured with the 9-Hole Peg test, as well as in the patient’s hand and lateral pinch strength after the treatment (26.9% and 5%, respectively), that was maintained 4 days later (15.4% and 16.7%, respectively). Full article
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