Radiographers, Musculoskeletal joint, Musculoskeletal soft tissue, Ultrasound, Experimental investigations, Efficacy studies, Tissue characterisation
R. A. M. Santos1, C. S. S. D. Silva2, S. F. C. Noite1, A. André1; 1Coimbra/PT, 2044/PT
Methods and materials
A General Electric’s Logiq e ultrasound equipment equipped with a 7-12 MHz linear transducer array was used to evaluated the masseter muscle and articular condyle and its cartilage.
The participants were in supine position.
After recognizing the temporomandibular articulation,
the articular condyle and its cartilage were evaluated.
Three images with mouth closed and three images with mouth open.
For masseter muscle,
three images were acquired in contraction and three images in rest.
All protocol was performed bilaterally.
24 images were obtained per participant,
and 720 images were obtained in the study. The images were analysed using ImageJ software (National Institutes of Health,
a recurrent statistical analysis was performed on SPSS 23.0 software (Statistic Package Social Sciences Inc.,