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Purpose of Study: This research is being done to examine the use of ultrasound to evaluate muscle. High resolution ultrasound is a non-invasive, low cost form of imaging which can detect various muscle conditions with the added advantage of being able to evaluate movement. We will use ultrasound to collect data on the thickness and echointensity (brightness/darkness) of different muscle groups in people with and without rheumatic diseases. We will also study the effectiveness of creating standard imaging protocols in detecting muscle conditions of rheumatic diseases.
- Age > 18
Michelle K. Jones, B.S.
Jemima Albayda, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Dr. Albayda's research involves harnessing muscle ultrasound for the evaluation of inflammatory muscle disease. Together with collaborators from the Applied Physics Lab, she is pioneering work applying machine intelligence to ultrasound interpretation in order to decrease the subjectivity and allow for automated tools. She is also involved in multimodal collaborative studies with Radiology, and works with other investigators in the Division of Rheumatology to provide an imaging assessment for their studies. She is the principal investigator for an investigator-initiated trial for Pioglitazone in Inclusion Body Myositis.