Sarcopenia: Current concepts and imaging implications

Robert D Boutin, Lawrence Yao, Robert J Canter, Leon Lenchik

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OBJECTIVE. The purpose of this article is to review the nomenclature, clinical impact, and diagnostic techniques characterizing sarcopenia. CONCLUSION. Sarcopenia-defined as significant loss of muscle-is associated with cachexia and frailty. Specific diagnostic criteria for sarcopenia continue to evolve, but imaging can play a role in the detection and quantification of muscle depletion. Emerging evidence indicates that sarcopenia is a relevant predictor of quality and quantity of life, particularly in patients who are elderly, have cancer, or undergo surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)W255-W266
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015


  • Body composition
  • Imaging
  • Muscle
  • Sarcopenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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