Measuring stiffness of normal medial collateral ligament in healthy volunteers via shear wave elastography


Gurun E., AKSAKAL M. , AKDULUM İ.

SURGICAL AND RADIOLOGIC ANATOMY, vol.43, pp.1673-1679, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 43
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00276-021-02749-y
  • Title of Journal : SURGICAL AND RADIOLOGIC ANATOMY
  • Page Numbers: pp.1673-1679

Abstract

Purpose We aim to determine a reference data set for normal medial collateral ligament (MCL) stiffness values using shear wave elastography (SWE). Methods Quantitative stiffness of the MCL was measured at three levels: the proximal (MCL area from the level of the medial meniscus to the level of the femoral attachment), the middle (MCL area at the level of the medial meniscus), and the distal (MCL area from the level of the medial meniscus to the level of the tibial attachment) segments of the MCL at a knee position of 0 degrees. Results A total of 60 MCL of 30 healthy volunteers (15 female, 15 male) were examined. The mean stiffness values of the proximal, middle, and distal MCL for observer 1 were 32.25 +/- 6.44, 34.25 +/- 6.84, and 35.47 +/- 6.98, respectively. The mean stiffness values of the proximal, middle, and distal MCL for observer 2 were 33.56 +/- 6.76, 35.44 +/- 6.91, and 36.32 +/- 7.04, respectively. Conclusion SWE has a strong potential to be a method of choice for evaluating MCL stiffness. Our study participants were healthy volunteers and the data can be used as reference data for future studies.