Can inexperienced researchers perform muscle ultrasound imaging correctly?

Can inexperienced researchers perform muscle ultrasound imaging correctly?

Why am I being invited to take part in a research study?
We invite you to take part in a research study because, based on the information provided during our screening process, you qualify for our inclusion criteria. This study’s three main inclusion criteria include: 1) age between 18-40 years; 2) no major musculoskeletal pain, physical impairment, or neuromuscular or metabolic disease; 3) willingness to refrain from exercise for 24 hours prior to testing.

Why is this research being done?
The primary purpose of this study is to compare ultrasound images from four different skeletal muscles when captured by a well-trained, experienced researcher versus a novice.

How long will the research last and what will I need to do?
We expect that you will be in this research study for approximately 30 minutes. The study requires you to visit the UCF campus for only one visit. If you agree to participate, you will be asked to refrain from exercise for 24 hours prior to your scheduled visit. You will be asked to wear athletic shorts and a short-sleeved shirt. Upon arrival, you will have your height and weight measured on a scale. You will then lie down on a treatment table for ultrasound testing. Two different researchers will take multiple images of four different muscles (three for the right leg, one for the right arm) while you relax on the table. After the images are captured, your participation in this study is concluded.

Inclusion Qualifications:

  • Men and women
  • Ages 18-40 years
  • Willingness to refrain from exercise for 24 hours prior to testing

Exclusion Qualifications:

You may not participate in this research opportunity if any of the following applies to you:
  • Exercise within 24 hours prior to laboratory visit.
  • Not arriving to scheduled laboratory visit.
  • Not wearing appropriate attire.
  • Significant pain, injury, surgery, or discomfort in any of the major joints within the previous 6 months.
  • Physician confirmed metabolic or neuromuscular disease.
  • History of cancer.
  • History of stroke.
  • History of arthritis.
  • Heart attack within the previous year.
  • Difficulty controlling muscles.
  • Use an assistive walking device or other mobility aids.
  • Use of anabolic steroids within the previous year.
  • Use of prescription medications that affect mobility, physical performance, or fatigue.

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UCF IRB#: STUDY00003175
PI: Matt S. Stock, Ph.D.
IRB Expiration June 30, 2022
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Recruitment End Date:
July 13, 2021
Education Complex and Gym
12494 University Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32816
Time Commitment:
Number of visits: 1
Expected time per visit: 30 minutes
Type: $10 Target Gift Card
Point of Contact:
Matt S. Stock, Ph.D.
Faculty Advisors:
Matt Stock
Associated Units:
Physical Therapy
Exercise Physiology & Rehabilitation Science
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