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Development of an innovative MRI technology to assess micro-trauma in skeletal muscles

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Projectleider G.J. Strijkers
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Academisch Medisch Centrum (AMC)
Biomedical Engineering & Physics

Type project 
1 juni 2017
31 december 2021
Open Technologieprogramma

In elite and recreational sports, hamstring injuries are the most commonly experienced injuries with a high chance of recurrence. Athletes with muscle trauma often undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to determine the severity of the trauma, to obtain information for diagnosis, and to monitor muscle recovery. Since MRI is able to monitor muscle condition it supports the management of the injury. Too quick, or too intensive training can easily result in (severe) re-injury, delaying the individual’s recovery by months. Starting too late with training has a major impact in decreased performance, revenues, motivation, and (team) results. However, the current MRI scans are insufficiently sensitive to visualize the micro-trauma that is caused by the injury. The goal of this proposal is to develop a novel MRI technique to image micro-trauma in hamstring muscles, and to conduct a prospective study which will enhance routine clinical implementation of this imaging technique following muscle injury.