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DP ARF is similar to conventional ultrasound in that is uses sound waves and their reflections to measure tissue properties, but what makes DP ARF unique is that the method measures the viscoelastic properties of tissue (instead of just the reflection properties). The viscoelastic properties tell us about the composition and structure of the underlying tissue.

In application to imaging dystrophic muscle, we hypothesize that DP ARF will delineate fibrous, fatty and necrotic tissue within muscles. This will enable clinicians to better monitor disease progression and response to therapy.