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Bill Sellers
05-07-1998, 01:32 AM
I'd like to thank everyone who replied. I've got quite a few leads to follow
up. So far, it looks like the Aloka machine might be the one for me.

Here is a summary of the responses I got:

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> Dear Bill:
>
> I read your posting on BIOMCH-L, and although I don't have an answer for
> you, I am also VERY interested in using ultrasound to measure muscle
> thickness. Our application involves the response to exercise in people
> with spinal cord injuries in an attmept to thicken the padding provided by
> the gluteal mucles and therefore reduce the risk of pressure ulcers. We
> have measured thickness with CT, but would prefer something a little less
> invasive (and less radioactive). Could I trouble you to keep me informed of
> the responses to your inquirey or at least post a summary of the responses?
>
> Thanks in advance.
>
> - RJT
>
> .................................................. ....................
> Ronald J. Triolo, Ph.D.
> (rxt24@po.cwru.edu)
> Rehabilitation Engineering Center -or- Cleveland FES Center
> Hamann Building, Room 601 Suite 230, University West
> MetroHealth Medical Center Case Western Reserve University
> 2500 MetroHealth Drive 11000 Cedar Road
> Cleveland, OH 44109-1998 Cleveland, OH 44106-3052
> Phone: (216) 778-7877 Phone: (216) 791-3800 X4698
> FAX: (216) 778-4259 FAX: (216) 231-3258 or 8886

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> Subject:
> Ultrasound for muscle measurement
> Date:
> Tue, 05 May 1998 15:34:11 +0200
> From:
> Bernhard Kleffner
> Organization:
> FhG IBMT
> To:
> Bill.Sellers@ed.ac.UK
>
>
>
>
> Dear Bill sellers,
>
> for the measurement of porcine fat and muscle thickness and consistence
> an ultrasound system has been developed in our application group
> already. A portable design is feasible.
>
> Before I can provide you with more detailled information please let me
> know your application conditions and specifications of use.
>
> With best regards
>
> Bernhard Kleffner

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> Dear Bill,
>
> >From past experience, Toshiba may have a product that may meet your
> needs. (Siemens / HP & Hitachi may also be sources).
>
> David
> Dr. Anand.D.Pandyan
> Research Associate
> Centre for Rehab. Eng. Studies
> M7-Stephenson Bldg
> University of Newcastle
> Newcastle Upon Tyne
> UK - NE1 7RU
>
> Tel ++ 44 (0)191 - 222 5434
> Fax ++ 44 (0)191 - 222 8600
> e-mail A.D.Pandyan@ncl.ac.uk
>
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> We are developing such a device currently, though only a prototype. Our
> use is twofold: 1) Space flight requires accommodation to a microgravity
> environment. Exercises have been used in the past, but their
> effectiveness must wait until after the flight for evaluation. Our
> system will provide real time, on orbit measurement of changes in muscle
> volume (or bulk). 2) Chronic back pain diagnostic and rehab evaluation.
> The muscular environment of the back plays a key role in the production
> or reduction of pain in these cases. One problem is to be able to
> evaluate the muscle bulk non-invasively and in a load bearing posture.
> Our device will be portable and can be used in a doctors office for
> longitudinal study of patients. Of course the system will be capable of
> sampling any muscle that is next to the surface of the skin.
>
> This work is a joint effort between our university and an aerospace
> company called SpaceHab, in Houston, Texas. We would welcome
> collaborators, however, if this interests you.
>
> C. L. "Nic" Nicodemus, PhD, ND
> Spine Division
> Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
> University of Texas Medical Branch
> 301 University Blvd
> Galveston, TX 77555-0456
> 409-747-0248 409-772-0751 Fax
> nic.nicodemus@utmb.edu

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> Dear Dr. Sellers,
>
> I am using ultrasound machines manufactured by ALOKA, Japan to visualize
> muscles, and quite satisfied with them. They have portable machines so you
> may want to take a look at their web site,
> http://www.aloka.co.jp/
>
> Best wishes,
>
> Yasuo Kawakami, Ph.D.
> Department of Life Sciences (Sports Sciences)
> The University of Tokyo, Komaba, Meguro, Tokyo 153-8902, Japan
> Ph: +81-3-5454-6860 Fax: +81-3-5454-4317
> kawakami@idaten.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp |
> http://www.komaba.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.jp/~ckawa/
>

--
Dr. Bill Sellers, mailto:bill.sellers@ed.ac.uk
Department of Anatomy, Tel: UK (0)131-650-3110
The University of Edinburgh, Medical School, Fax: UK (0)131-650-6545
Teviot Place, Edinburgh EH8 9AG, Scotland. Dept: UK (0)131-650-1000

Home Page http://www.ana.ed.ac.uk/anatomy/staff/Sellers/

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