Ultrasonic measurements of subcutaneous adipose tissue thickness in man

Jones, P.R.M., Davies, P.S.W. and Norgan, N.G. (1986) Ultrasonic measurements of subcutaneous adipose tissue thickness in man. American Journal Of Physical Anthropology, 71 3: 359-363. doi:10.1002/ajpa.1330710311


Author Jones, P.R.M.
Davies, P.S.W.
Norgan, N.G.
Title Ultrasonic measurements of subcutaneous adipose tissue thickness in man
Journal name American Journal Of Physical Anthropology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1096-8644
0002-9483
Publication date 1986-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/ajpa.1330710311
Volume 71
Issue 3
Start page 359
End page 363
Total pages 5
Place of publication New York, N.Y. U.S.A.
Publisher Wiley-Liss
Language eng
Subject 1116 Medical Physiology
Formatted abstract
Subcutaneous adipose tissue thickness (SCATT) has for many years been measured using skinfold calipers, but calipers have several disadvantages, not least that they compress the skinfold. Measuring SCATT using ultrasound was validated by comparing thicknesses at 12 sites with soft-tissue radiographs in 24 adults and with depth gauge measurements on a cadaver. Correlation coefficients ranged from 0.87 to 0.99, and the regression statistics showed no significant difference between ultrasound and the other procedures. The standard errors of estimate of body density from SCATT measured by calipers and ultrasound in 63 young men was ± 7.8 and 7.3 kg·m−3, respectively. Although problems in the identification of the adipose tissue-muscle interface can arise, ultrasound is a viable alternative to skinfold calipers and is to be preferred when measuring uncompressed SCATT.
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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