Quantifying the improvements in lower limb or quadriceps muscle mass following resistance training (RT), is an important outcome measure in COPD. Ultrasound is a portable, radiation free imaging technique that can measure the size of superficial muscles belonging to the quadriceps group such as the rectus femoris, but has not been previously used in COPD patients following RT. We compared the responsiveness of ultrasound derived measures of quadriceps mass against dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), in patients with COPD and healthy controls following a programme of high intensity knee extensor RT.
Menon, M. K., Houchen, L., Harrison, S., Singh, S. J., Morgan, M. D., & Steiner, M. C. (2012). Ultrasound assessment of lower limb muscle mass in response to resistance training in COPD. Respiratory Research, 13(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/1465-9921-13-119