Muscle ultrasound imaging uses sound waves to produce pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and joints throughout the body. It is used to help diagnose sprains, strains, tears, trapped nerves, arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. Muscle ultrasound also is very suitable for detecting markedly increased echogenicity and atrophy in affected muscles along with glycogen storage.
Why would you do this test? MuscleSound, is a high-frequency ultrasound that measures glycogen levels in an athlete’s muscles. The ultrasound gives trainers a quick and non-invasive way to measure an athlete’s glycogen level in real-time by simply scanning the body with an ultrasound, analyzing the images on a monitor and receiving the results on any device.
Who is this test recommended for? Muscle ultrasound is recommended for every athlete regardless of age or the sport they play.
How often should you repeat this test? Muscle ultrasound is recommended every 6-12 months and should be repeated more often if recovering from an injury.
Which body parts are or can be tested? Muscle ultrasound testing can be done on every muscle in the body.
What are the results of this test? So why are glycogen levels important? Glycogen is the body’s way of storing carbohydrates for energy and is the primary source of fuel during athletic activity. When the body runs out of glycogen, the body will begin to eat muscle, something that is very hard to gain back and can result in permanent health problems.
What does this help to improve? The comprehensive muscle size measurement provides users with essential muscle symmetry, thickness, and muscle growth or decline information. The new muscle size feature makes it easier to track progress, compare size difference of muscles, and provides information on muscle health which is essential for overall health and well-being.