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Probability density function of the electric field in diffuse correlation spectroscopy of human bone in vivo

Diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS) is the technique of choice for non-invasive assessments of human bone blood flow. However, DCS classical algorithms are based on the fundamental assumption that the electric field of the light reaching the DCS photodetector is a zero-mean complex Gaussian variable. The non-validity of this hypothesis might produce inaccurate blood flow estimations. It is shown that for the human tibia, the "Gaussian hypothesis" holds for interoptode distances >= 20 mm. This lower boundary seems to depend on the type of investigated tissue. (C) 2016 Optical Society of America


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