Ultrasound (US) imaging is increasingly the most used tool to measure the thickness of superficial and deep fasciae, but there are still some doubts about its reliability in this type of measurement. The current study sets out to assess the inter-rater and intra-rater reliability of US measurements of superficial and deep fasciae thicknesses in the arm and forearm. The study involved two raters: the first (R1) is an expert in skeletal-muscle US imaging and, in particular, the US assessment of fasciae; the second (R2) is a radiologist resident with 1 year's experience in skeletal-muscle US imaging. R2, not having specific competence in the US imaging of fasciae, was trained by R1. R1 took US images following the protocol by Pirri et al. 2021, and the US-recorded images were analyzed separately by the two raters in different sessions. Each rater measured both types of fasciae at different regions and levels of the arm and forearm. Intra- and inter-rater reliability was excellent for the deep fascia and good and excellent for the superficial fascia according to the different regions/levels (for example for the anterior region of the arm: deep fascia: Ant 1: ICC2,2 = 0.95; 95% CI = 0.81-0.98; superficial fascia: Ant 1: ICC2,2 = 0.85, 95% CI = 0.79-0.88). These findings confirm that US imaging is a reliable and cost-effective tool for evaluating both fasciae, superficial and deep.

Inter- and Intra-Rater Reliability of Ultrasound Measurements of Superficial and Deep Fasciae Thickness in Upper Limb

Pirri, Carmelo
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Porzionato, Andrea;Boscolo-Berto, Rafael;De Caro, Raffaele;Stecco, Carla
2022

Abstract

Ultrasound (US) imaging is increasingly the most used tool to measure the thickness of superficial and deep fasciae, but there are still some doubts about its reliability in this type of measurement. The current study sets out to assess the inter-rater and intra-rater reliability of US measurements of superficial and deep fasciae thicknesses in the arm and forearm. The study involved two raters: the first (R1) is an expert in skeletal-muscle US imaging and, in particular, the US assessment of fasciae; the second (R2) is a radiologist resident with 1 year's experience in skeletal-muscle US imaging. R2, not having specific competence in the US imaging of fasciae, was trained by R1. R1 took US images following the protocol by Pirri et al. 2021, and the US-recorded images were analyzed separately by the two raters in different sessions. Each rater measured both types of fasciae at different regions and levels of the arm and forearm. Intra- and inter-rater reliability was excellent for the deep fascia and good and excellent for the superficial fascia according to the different regions/levels (for example for the anterior region of the arm: deep fascia: Ant 1: ICC2,2 = 0.95; 95% CI = 0.81-0.98; superficial fascia: Ant 1: ICC2,2 = 0.85, 95% CI = 0.79-0.88). These findings confirm that US imaging is a reliable and cost-effective tool for evaluating both fasciae, superficial and deep.
2022
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