RELIABILITY OF SONOELASTOGRAPHY MEASUREMENTS OF LOWER LIMB TENDON PROPERTIES: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW

Schneebeli, Alessandro and Folli, Anna and Falla, Deborah and Barbero, Marco (2021) RELIABILITY OF SONOELASTOGRAPHY MEASUREMENTS OF LOWER LIMB TENDON PROPERTIES: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW. Ultrasound in medicine and biology.

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Abstract

This study investigated the reliability of sonoelastography techniques in quantifying lower limb tendon elasticity. A literature search was conducted using PubMed, Web of Science and CINAHL. The quality of the selected papers was evaluated using the Guidelines for Reporting Reliability and Agreement Studies and the Quality Appraisal Tool for Studies of Diagnostic Reliability checklist. Reliability values were extracted and synthesized. Twenty-four studies were included and were divided by the two main technologies used: strain and shear-wave elastography. The overall methodological quality was questionable; all studies were at risk of bias. Highly variable results ranging from poor to excellent reliability were found for both technologies and for all tendons considered. Intra-rater reliability of strain elastography on the Achilles tendon and shear-wave elastography on the patellar and quadriceps tendon was adequate. Inter-rater, inter-session and inter-machine reliability was insufficient. Caution should be used when interpreting results from sonoelastography studies measuring lower limb tendon elasticity.

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