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dc.contributor.authorIwan, T
dc.contributor.authorGarton, B
dc.contributor.authorEllis, R
dc.date.accessioned2014-11-21T00:20:24Z
dc.date.available2014-11-21T00:20:24Z
dc.date.copyright2014-11-03
dc.identifier.citationNew Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, vol.42(3), pp.154 - 162 (8)
dc.identifier.issn0303-7193
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10292/7964
dc.description.abstractDiastasis recti abdominis is an increase in inter-recti distance. This commonly occurs in women postpartum and may lead to weakness and dysfunction of the abdominal muscles. Ultrasound imaging has been previously used to quantify the inter-recti distance. The aims of this study were: 1) to examine the reliability of an experienced versus a novice sonographer in the measurement of inter-recti distance; 2) to examine the reliability of using high-resolution versus low-resolution ultrasound imaging in the measurement of inter-recti distance. Ultrasound measures of the inter-recti distance were recorded in thirty healthy participants at rest and during an abdominal contraction by both an experienced and novice sonographer. Intra-rater, within-session measurement of inter-recti distance demonstrated good to very good reliability. Intra-rater, between session reliability remained very good for the experienced sonographer but declined for the novice sonographer. Results demonstrated excellent agreement between both low and high-resolution ultrasound imaging with no statistically significant differences recorded. There were no statistical differences between the novice and experienced sonographers’ measurements. The results of this study indicate the potential of low-resolution ultrasound imaging to be implemented clinically in the future.
dc.publisherPhysiotherapy New Zealand
dc.relation.urihttp://physiotherapy.org.nz/assets/Professional-dev/Journal/2014-November/ML-Roberts-1.pdf
dc.rightsCopyright © NZ Society of Physiotherapists, 2014. All Rights Reserved. New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy is available free of charge as an Open Access journal on the Internet. The definitive version was published in (see Citation). The original publication is available at (see Publisher's Version).
dc.subjectUltrasound imaging
dc.subjectInter-recti distance
dc.subjectDiastasis recti abdominis
dc.subjectReliability
dc.titleThe Reliability of Measuring the Inter-recti Distance Using High-resolution and Low-resolution Ultrasound Imaging Comparing a Novice to an Experienced Sonographer
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.rights.accessrightsOpenAccess
aut.relation.endpage162
aut.relation.issue3
aut.relation.pages8
aut.relation.startpage154
aut.relation.volume42
pubs.elements-id175259


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