Speckle tracking as a method to measure hemidiaphragm excursion

Stephen A. Goutman, James D. Hamilton, Blake Swihart, Bradley Foerster, Eva L. Feldman, Jonathan M. Rubin

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Introduction: Diaphragm excursion measured via ultrasound may be an important imaging outcome measure of respiratory function. We developed a new method for measuring diaphragm movement and compared it to the more traditional M-mode method. Methods: Ultrasound images of the right and left hemidiaphragms were collected to compare speckle tracking and M-mode measurements of diaphragm excursion. Speckle tracking was performed using EchoInsight (Epsilon Imaging, Ann Arbor, Michigan). Results: Six healthy subjects without a history of pulmonary diseases were included in this proof-of-concept study. Speckle tracking of the diaphragm is technically possible. Unlike M-mode, speckle tracking carries the advantage of reliable visualization and measurement of the left hemidiaphragm. Conclusions: Speckle tracking accounted for diaphragm movement simultaneously in the cephalocaudad and mediolateral directions, unlike M-mode, which is 1-dimensional. Diaphragm speckle tracking may represent a novel, more robust method for measuring diaphragm excursion, especially for the left hemidiaphragm. Muscle Nerve 55: 125–127, 2017.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-127
Number of pages3
JournalMuscle and Nerve
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • M-mode
  • diaphragm excursion
  • diaphragm ultrasound
  • imaging biomarker
  • respiratory imaging biomarker
  • speckle tracking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Physiology (medical)


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