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Reliability of measuring neck connective tissue

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This project aims to establish the reliability of measuring the thickness for sternocleidomastoid muscle (cervical muscle) and related deep fascia utilising ultrasound imaging (USI). Three ultrasound operators of varying experience (novice, moderate & expert) will utilise a standardised protocol to obtain the thickness values on a minimum of 20 participants. Each rater will complete the USI protocol on each participant twice, allowing for analysis of intra-rater and inter-rater reliability.

Iyou choose to participate you will neeto undertake the following:

1.       Brief telephone conversation with the researcher to confirm eligibility for the project. A full explanation of the study will be provided at this stage  (10min)

2.       An information pack will be sent to you by email, including a general information sheet to be completed (full name, age, height details etc.) All information collected during this study is stored securely, and kept strictly confidential.

3.       You will receive a follow-up call to:

-          Discuss any questions you have relating to the study

-          Confirm your interest in participating and arrange a date to visit the ultrasound laboratory

4.       You will need to sign the consent form before participation in the study can commence

5.       You will be required to attend a single data collection session taking approximately 90minutes


This study is open to and in aged 18 to 110
Healthy volunteers included
See attached participant information sheet