In vivo human lower limb muscle architecture dataset obtained using diffusion tensor imaging

Autoři: James P. Charles aff001;  Felipe Suntaxi aff002;  William J. Anderst aff002
Působiště autorů: Evolutionary Morphology and Biomechanics Lab, Institute of Aging and Chronic Disease, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom aff001;  Biodynamics Lab, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America aff002
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(10)
Kategorie: Research Article


‘Gold standard’ reference sets of human muscle architecture are based on elderly cadaveric specimens, which are unlikely to be representative of a large proportion of the human population. This is important for musculoskeletal modeling, where the muscle force-generating properties of generic models are defined by these data but may not be valid when applied to models of young, healthy individuals. Obtaining individualized muscle architecture data in vivo is difficult, however diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging (DTI) has recently emerged as a valid method of achieving this. DTI was used here to provide an architecture data set of 20 lower limb muscles from 10 healthy adults, including muscle fiber lengths, which are important inputs for Hill-type muscle models commonly used in musculoskeletal modeling. Maximum isometric force and muscle fiber lengths were found not to scale with subject anthropometry, suggesting that these factors may be difficult to predict using scaling or optimization algorithms. These data also highlight the high level of anatomical variation that exists between individuals in terms of lower limb muscle architecture, which supports the need of incorporating subject-specific force-generating properties into musculoskeletal models to optimize their accuracy for clinical evaluation.

Klíčová slova:

Body limbs – Diffusion tensor imaging – Magnetic resonance imaging – Muscle analysis – Muscle fibers – Muscle functions – Information architecture


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