Assessing the reliability of ultrasound imaging to examine peripheral nerve excursion: A systematic literature review

Ben Kasehagen*, Richard Ellis, Rodney Pope, Nicholas Russell, Wayne Hing

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Abstract

Ultrasound imaging (USI) is gaining popularity as a tool for assessing nerve excursion and is becoming an important tool for the assessment and management of entrapment neuropathies. This systematic review aimed to identify current methods and report on the reliability of using USI to examine nerve excursion and identify the level of evidence supporting the reliability of this technique. A systematic search of five electronic databases identified studies assessing the reliability of using USI to examine nerve excursion. Two independent reviewers critically appraised and assessed the methodological quality of the identified articles. Eighteen studies met the eligibility criteria. The majority of studies were of "moderate" or "high" methodological quality. The overall analysis indicated a "strong" level of evidence of moderate to high reliability of using USI to assess nerve excursion. Further reliability studies with consistency of reporting are required to further strengthen the level of evidence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalUltrasound in Medicine and Biology
Volume44
Issue number1
Early online date31 Oct 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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