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Störchle, P; Müller, W; Sengeis, M; Ahammer, H; Fürhapter-Rieger, A; Bachl, N; Lackner, S; Mörkl, S; Holasek, S.
Standardized Ultrasound Measurement of Subcutaneous Fat Patterning: High Reliability and Accuracy in Groups Ranging from Lean to Obese.
Ultrasound Med Biol. 2017; 43(2):427-438 [OPEN ACCESS]
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Ahammer Helmut
Fürhapter-Rieger Alfred
Holasek Sandra Johanna
Lackner Sonja
Mörkl Sabrina
Müller Wolfram

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A recently standardized ultrasound technique for measuring subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) was applied to normal-weight, overweight and obese persons. Eight measurement sites were used: upper abdomen, lower abdomen, erector spinae, distal triceps, brachioradialis, lateral thigh, front thigh and medial calf. Fat compression was avoided. Fat patterning in 38 participants (body mass index: 18.6-40.3 kgm-2; SAT thickness sums from eight sites: 12-245 mm) was evaluated using a software specifically designed for semi-automatic multiple thickness measurements in SAT (sound speed: 1450 m/s) that also quantifies embedded fibrous structures. With respect to ultrasound intra-observer results, the correlation coefficient ρ = 0.999 (p < 0.01), standard error of the estimate = 1.1 mm and 95% of measurements were within ±2.2 mm. For the normal-weight subgroup, the median measurement deviation was 0.43 mm (1.1% of mean thickness), and for the obese/overweight subgroup it was 0.89 mm (0.5%). The eight sites used here are suggested to represent inter-individual differences in SAT patterning. High measurement accuracy and reliability can be obtained in all groups, from lean to overweight and obese, provided that measurers are trained appropriately. Copyright © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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