Structure and Function of the Muscular System in Dogs
What Types of Diagnostic Tests Are Used to Evaluate Muscles? Serum muscle enzymes – These tests measure the enzymes of muscles that are released into the blood stream when the tissue is damaged or inflamed or when a lot of muscle activity has occurred. Electromyography (EMG) – This test assesses the electrical properties of skeletal muscle. Muscle biopsy – Biopsy is the removal and microscopic examination of muscle tissue. It is used to detect inflammation and infection within the muscle and to determine whether a tumor of muscle is malignant or benign. Radiography – X-rays do not reveal much information about muscles, but they can detect abnormalities in the surrounding bony structures.