What is the role of ultrasonography in the diagnosis of muscular dystrophy?

Updated: Aug 17, 2020
  • Author: Twee T Do, MD; Chief Editor: Jeffrey D Thomson, MD  more...
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Ultrasonography is a relatively noninvasive technique that is used for screening patients with muscular dystrophy; this modality is rapidly replacing electromyography (EMG) in centers that have appropriately trained staff. Even in the early stages of MD, ultrasonography shows increased echogenicity in the affected muscles, with a corresponding reduction in the underlying bone echo. Ultrasonography has the advantage of noninvasiveness, and it is reliable for continued monitoring of the disease course over time.


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