Fat can be stored not only in adipose tissue but also in other tissues such as skeletal muscle. Fat droplets accumulated in skeletal muscle [intramyocellular lipids (IMCLs)] can be quantified by different methods, all with advantages and drawbacks. Here, we briefly review IMCL quantification methods that use biopsy specimens (biochemical quantification, electron microscopy, and histochemistry) and non-invasive alternatives (magnetic resonance spectroscopy, magnetic resonance imaging, and computed tomography).
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