Speckle Tracking Ultrasonography: What the heck is it and can it give us a clearer picture of MSK injury?

In the fields of cardiology and medical imaging, speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) is an echocardiographic imaging technique that analyzes the motion of tissues in the heart by using the naturally occurring speckle pattern in the myocardium or blood when imaged by ultrasound.

This novel method of documentation of myocardial motion represents a noninvasive method of definition of vectors and velocity. When compared to other technologies seeking noninvasive definition of ischemia, speckle tracking seems a valuable endeavor. 

A very recent paper is now suggesting that Speckle Tracking Ultrasonography (STU) might be able to track muscle strain in skeletal muscles  and that this would correlate with isometric muscle contractions.


Therefore, speckle technology may be represented as a non-invasive, clinical measure of muscle strain.

For a full discussion on this topic. and the complete paper, go here 

Simon Bartold
Director of Bartold Clinical