Advanced Ultrasound in Diagnosis and Therapy ›› 2023, Vol. 7 ›› Issue (2): 122-129.doi: 10.37015/AUDT.2023.230025

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Advances in the Research of Ultrasound and Artificial Intelligence in Neuromuscular Disease

Tianxiang Li, BSa, Fei Ji, BSa, Ruina Zhao, MDa, Huazhen Liu, MDa, Meng Yang, MDa,*()   

  1. a Department of Ultrasound, State Key Laboratory of Complex Severe and Rare Diseases, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China
  • Received:2023-04-02 Revised:2023-04-07 Accepted:2023-04-24 Online:2023-06-30 Published:2023-04-27
  • Contact: Meng Yang, MD,


Neuromuscular disease includes a wide range of muscular disorders, but it lacks convenient and effective tools for clinical diagnosis and therapeutic monitoring. As a widely used imaging tool, ultrasound can clearly display muscle structure and create basic conditions for accurate image analysis. At present, many studies have tried to obtain information on muscle function and pathological changes by analyzing the features of muscle ultrasound images, and have shown reliable results. However, the minimal changes in muscle structure and image texture are easy to be neglected, and manual segmentation and data analysis are time-consuming tasks. Artificial intelligence (AI) can accurately identify image changes and improve the efficiency of image analysis, and the muscle ultrasonic image analysis model developed based on AI has shown advantages in a large number of research results. This review summarizes the relevant studies of muscle ultrasound imaging and AI in the field of it, including a variety of research based on traditional AI methods or deep learning methods, as well as discusses the clinical significance of ultrasound analysis assisted by AI and the future exploration directions in this field.

Key words: Ultrasonography; Artificial intelligence; Muscle imaging