Objective: To use probe oscillation shear wave elastography (PROSE) with two vibration sources to generate two shear waves in the imaging plane to quantitatively assess the shear wave speeds (SWSs) of muscles with and without the diagnosis of taut bands (TB) and/or myofascial trigger points (MTrPs). Methods: Thirty-three patients were scanned with the PROSE technique. Shear waves were generated through continuous vibration of the ultrasound probe, while the shear wave motions were detected using the same probe. SWSs for the sides with and without TBs and/or MTrPs were computed and compared. The pressure pain thresholds (PPTs) were measured as an indicator of maximum pain tolerance of patients. The statistical differences between the SWSs with and without TBs and/or MTrPs with different PPT values were analyzed using the nonparametric Wilcoxon rank-sum test. Results: The mean SWSs for the sides with TBs and/or MTrPs are faster than that of the contralateral side without TBs and/or MTrPs. A significant difference was observed between mean SWSs with and without TBs and/or MTrPs without any information of PPT, with rank-sum test P <.005. Additionally, with the information of PPT, a significant difference was observed between mean SWSs for the sides with and without TBs and/or MTrPs, for PPT values between 0 and 50 N/cm2 (P <.005), but for PPT values between 50 and 90 N/cm2, it was difficult to differentiate mean SWSs with and without TBs and/or MTrPs. Conclusion: Our preliminary results show that SWSs measured from patients had a significant difference between the mean SWSs with and without TBs and/or MTrPs.
- myofascial trigger point
- shear wave speed
- ultrasound elastography
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging