Near-infrared diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS) is an emerging technology for monitoring blood flow in various tissues. This article reviews the recent progress of DCS for the assessment of skeletal muscle blood flow, including the developments in technology allowing use during dynamic exercise and muscular electrical stimulation, the utilization for diagnosis of muscle vascular diseases, and the applications for evaluating treatment effects. The limitations of current DCS studies and future perspective are finally discussed.

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Published in Anatomy & Physiology, v. 3, issue 2, article 128, p. 1-4. © 2013 Shang Yu, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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