Optimal prevention and treatment strategies of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury can be realized with a detailed understanding of how physiological factors impact the ACL. A noninvasive, in vivo method that assesses the ACL’s mechanical integrity is needed to help clarify this multi-factorial pathophysiology. We investigated the use of the noninvasive, in vivo technique, ultrasound strain elastography (USE) (1), to distinguish between normal and injured ACLs. USE is used as a diagnostic tool in oncological (2), hepatic (3), and cardiovascular (4) applications. This technique uses ultrasonic RF data to track tissue motion in order to estimate strain within the tissue.

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