Forearm Blood Flow Measurement by Near Infrared Spectroscopy
Evaluation of muscle contribution to total body flow can be very useful in physiological and clinical conditions. Therefore a simple non-invasive technique for the measurement of muscle blood flow based on near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) principles could find many applications. The commonly used methods for skeletal muscle flow measurement are complex and difficult to perform repeatedly under different workload conditions. We applied NIRS for the measurement of forearm blood flow (FBF) in volunteers and critically ill patients.