Muscle Fuel Assessments
How It Works Using Ultrasound
The first study using Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (MSK) was published in 1958. Since this time the application, convenience and utility of MSK has progressed through rapid improvements in technology and computer processing.
The science behind MuscleSound’s application of MSK was developed by Dr. Iñigo San Millán and Dr. John Hill (CV details) when working with professional cyclists. They discovered that, through the use of MSK, they could “see” glycogen (a primary fuel for muscle). An algorithm was developed to automatically execute this process, and two studies validating this approach compared to biopsies were published in 2014 and 2015.
Up to this time biopsies were considered to be the “gold standard” for measuring glycogen (the primary muscle fuel). However, even with today’s more advanced techniques, the biopsy procedure is - at the least - very uncomfortable: the ‘wound’ needs to be dressed immediately post procedure, and care instructions are typically provided for up to several days after the event. Needless to say, multiple biopsies on the same leg, on the same day are very rare! MuscleSound, on the other hand, provides a convenient noninvasive alternative.
Our system and methods have been validated in multiple clinical studies.
MuscleSound was founded by experts in the fields of applied physiology and musculoskeletal ultrasound. We are continuously advancing our science through partnerships with Universities and Research Institutions.See The Research