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Infraspinatus and Teres minor muscles anatomy, texture analysis in MRI and viscoelastic behavior assessment in ultrasound elastography

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Thèse de doctorat : Sciences de la Vie et de la Santé : Tours : 2016

Infraspinatus and teres minor muscles are crucial functionally and are regularly impaired in the context of of the rotator cuff pathology. The proportion of fatty tissue in the infraspinatus is currently a strong prognosis criterion of functional outcomes of rotator cuff tendon repair. The goals of this work are to characterize these muscles anatomically, to provide a better exploration of their morphology by MRI, to use computer texture analysis to objectify their composition and finally to use the ultrasound elastography for analysing their viscoelastic behaviour under stress. Infraspinatus and teres minor muscles have a tripennate and parallel organization, respectively. Routine MRI acquisition criteria can be easily optimized to analyse more precisely the external rotator muscles. Texture analysis seems promising to assess the proportion of fatty tissue in the skeletal muscle. The ultrasound elastography allows us to estimate the degree of muscle anisotropy, and therefore the state of organization of the infraspinatus muscle.

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    Created on September 16, 2016