3D Ultrasound Strain Imaging of Puborectalis Muscle

Shreya Das*, Hendrik H.G. Hansen, Gijs A.G.M. Hendriks, Frieda van den Noort, Claudia Manzini, C. Huub van der Vaart, Chris L. de Korte

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The female pelvic floor (PF) muscles provide support to the pelvic organs. During delivery, some of these muscles have to stretch up to three times their original length to allow passage of the baby, leading frequently to damage and consequently later-life PF dysfunction (PFD). Three-dimensional (3D) ultrasound (US) imaging can be used to image these muscles and to diagnose the damage by assessing quantitative, geometric and functional information of the muscles through strain imaging. In this study we developed 3D US strain imaging of the PF muscles and explored its application to the puborectalis muscle (PRM), which is one of the major PF muscles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)569-581
Number of pages13
JournalUltrasound in medicine and biology
Issue number3
Early online date23 Dec 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2021


  • UT-Hybrid-D
  • Obstetrics
  • Pelvic floor
  • Puborectalis
  • Strain imaging
  • Ultrasound
  • 3D imaging


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