Application of ultrasound for muscle assessment in sarcopenia: the challenge of implementing protocols for clinical practice
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We read with great interest the extensive review on the application of muscle ultrasound in the clinical evaluation of sarcopenia by Perkisas et al. . We agree that the standardization of procedures is of paramount importance for implementing this technique on both outpatient and inpatient settings. Inadequate standardization of procedures was among the reasons why previous studies reported puzzling results on inter-rater, intra-rater, and test–retest reliability for measures other than muscle thickness .
However, to introduce muscle ultrasound into clinical practice, procedural precision should not escape from practical considerations . There is no doubt that the best condition for performing muscle ultrasound is at rest, but recommending a 30-min complete rest before the assessment is hardly feasible in a busy clinical practice, outside research protocols. Moreover, the position of both the patient and the examiner during muscle ultrasound assessment should be...
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