Methods: Thirty healthy subjects aged 29 ¡À 9.3 years were imaged using MRI. The CSA of the Lco and Lca was evaluated at 4 different levels (C0-C1, C2-C3, C4-C5, and C6-C7) at rest and during CCF.
Results: The intraclass correlation coefficients for the CSA of the Lco and Lca showed good to excellent reliability (0.73-0.92), except at the C4-C5 level. There was a significant increase in CSA of both Lco (F = 6.79, P = .015) and Lca (F = 19.20, P ¡Ü .001) due to CCF, and this was at different levels. The highest increases in CSA occurred at the C0-C1 level for the Lca (11.1%) and at the C2-C3 level for the Lco (17.4%).
Conclusions: This study demonstrated that the action of CCF resulted in a contraction of the Lco and Lca at different levels. The results indicate that MRI is a promising technique to evaluate changes in CSA during contraction.
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