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Sonographic measurements of the thickness of the soft tissues of the interscapular region in a population of normal young adults.
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PMID:  21213332     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
BACKGROUND: To use sonography (US) to measure the interscapular soft-tissue thickness and to determine any correlation with anthropometric indices.
METHODS: Fifty-five healthy young adults (21 men and 34 women) with a mean age of 22.1 ± 3.0 years (range, 18-35) were enrolled. High-resolution US was used to measure the bilateral soft-tissue thickness near the medial border of the scapula. Anthropometric indices, including body weight, height, and circumferences of chest, waist, and hip, were also measured.
RESULTS: On the right side, mean values ± standard deviation for the thickness of the trapezius, rhomboid, and posterior serratus muscles in millimeters were 4.9 ± 1.0, 6.3 ± 2.3, and 3.5 ± 1.4, respectively, for men and 3.4 ± 0.8, 3.8 ± 1.7, and 2.2 ± 1.5, respectively, for women. The thickness of each muscle was significantly greater in men than in women (p < 0.05). For both genders, no significant differences in the soft-tissue thicknesses were found between both sides. Based on the anthropometric indices, body weight was the only significant contributor to the soft-tissue thickness.
CONCLUSIONS: US is a practical tool for measuring soft-tissue thickness in the interscapular region. Body weight and soft-tissue thickness are closely associated.
Clement Shih-Hsien Yang; Huang-Chung Chen; Chung-Chao Liang; Tung-Yang Yu; David Hung; Tzu-Chia Tseng; Wen-Chung Tsai
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-12-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of clinical ultrasound : JCU     Volume:  39     ISSN:  1097-0096     ISO Abbreviation:  J Clin Ultrasound     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-07     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401663     Medline TA:  J Clin Ultrasound     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  78-82     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital, Hualien, Taiwan; College of Medicine, Tzu Chi University, Hualien, Taiwan.
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